Want to be an Emirates Airline flight attendant? Learn what it takes.


Do you have what it takes to join Emirates as a flight attendant? Photo: JCDecaux, via Flickr. 

Do you have what it takes to join Emirates as a flight attendant? Photo: JCDecaux, via Flickr. 

During the two-week training at Emirates Airline concerning service standards, an entire day is taken up to discuss grooming standards. 

So says the Huffington Post, which this week interviewed two Emirates flight attendants about their jobs. Here's flight attendant Laura Kellam, as quoted in the piece:

There is a list of things we have to wear (like foundation), but we actually get a little manual with all the rules in it. Nails have to be clear, french or the same red as the lipstick and hat. If your hair touches your collar you have to put it up, but there is some flexibility based on texture. We can do a French roll or twist, and we just got braids approved... so bohemian [laughs].

The two flight attendants are actually pretty positive about the experience, with both saying they enjoy working for the airline. Wearing the Emirates uniform is about as close as a modern flight attendant can get to the glory days of flying, when Pan Am stewardesses were the talk of every layover city. One former Pan Am flight attendant told me two years ago that she would purposely wear her uniform while off duty, just to be noticed. (One flight attendant told HuffPost that it is against Emirates rules to wear uniforms while not working.) 

As many of you know, Emirates regularly hires flight attendants from throughout the world, including from the United States. You can find a listing of five upcoming "assessment days" in Miami, Boston, Dallas, New York and Atlanta on the Emirates website.

Your chances, however, are not so good. Emirates says roughly 15,000 people apply to be flight attendants each month. But the airline only employs about 13,000 flight attendants at any time. 

If hired, you'll need to move to Dubai, where Emirates will put you up in free housing. In the apartments available to flight attendants, men room with men, and women with women. "Dubai is an Islamic country," the FAQ on the Emirates website states." Men and women cannot share accommodation unless they are married."

To have a chance at getting hired, you'll have to meet these standards:

Could this be you? Photo: Todd Lappin/Flickr, via Creative Commons. 

Could this be you? Photo: Todd Lappin/Flickr, via Creative Commons. 

• At least 21 years of age at the time of joining 
• Arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes 
• High school graduate (Grade 12) 
• Fluency in English (Written and Spoken) 
• No visible tattoos while in Emirates Cabin Crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings not permitted) 
• Physically fit to meet the Emirates Cabin Crew requirements

What do you think? Are you ready to apply?


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