Want to be a Spirit Airlines flight attendant? Here's what it takes.

 Spirit wants to hire flight attendants who have not worked for another airline. Photo: Spirit. 

Spirit wants to hire flight attendants who have not worked for another airline. Photo: Spirit. 

Do you want to be a Spirit Airlines flight attendant?

If you do, there are a few things you should know, because working at Spirit is not like working at most other U.S. airlines. Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza spoke about Spirit's ideal flight attendant at a recent conference. Here's a summary:

  1. Have no previous airline experience. Spirit has a different operating model than United, Southwest, American, Delta, Jetblue and Virgin America, so it doesn't want to attract flight attendants who arrive at Spirit and talk about how they used to do things. It wants to train flight attendants in the Spirit way.  "We don't want people to come with biases about what that job is," Baldanza said. 
  2. Be ready to sell. At Spirit, as with all airlines, the first priority is safety. But after that, flight attendants are expected to sell to passengers - food, drinks, and even credit cards. "There is a marketing aspect to our flight attendant job that isn't necessarily as true in other places," Baldanza said. 
  3. Smile. Spirit wants to hire happy people. "We try to hire really good personalities," Baldanza said. And if you have restaurant experience? That's a plus. "We are competing with Applebee's and TGI Friday's for our flight attendants more than we are competing with other airlines for our flight attendants."

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel covered a Spirit flight attendant recruitment event in June where "more than 500 recruits [were] on their feet dancing to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams." The newspaper said that Spirit plans to hire more than 600 flight attendants in 2015. 

What are the basic qualification for a Spirit flight attendant? Here's what the Sun-Sentinel said:

Flight attendants must be able to work flexible hours, communicate effectively, be at least 21 years old, possess a valid passport, have a high school diploma or GED certificate and be able to lift 40 pounds from floor to shoulder level.

What do you think? Would you want to be a Spirit flight attendant?

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