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Questions tagged [flight-attendant]

Flight attendants or cabin crew (also known as stewards/stewardesses, air hosts/hostesses, cabin attendants) are members of an aircrew employed by airlines primarily to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard commercial flights, on select business jet aircraft, and on some military aircraft.

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After takeoff, why do some airlines' flight attendants rise from their jump seats earlier than other airlines'?

For one airline (Air France, IIRC), I've heard a cabin chime (presumably to apprise flight attendants ("FA") that they can get up) then saw FAs leaving their jump seats, far sooner after rotation ...
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What happens when a person dies during the flight? What kind of procedures exist regarding deceased passenger on board? [duplicate]

I was just reading about a young woman who died on the long haul flight from LA to Melbourne. Heartbreaking. Young life cut short. RIP. But this horrible situation made me wonder about a presence of a ...
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Why don't flight attendants get tired when passengers can, despite sleeping?

This Reddit thread refers to "stressors of flight" (many of these stressors are also present in automobiles), sudden altitude adjustment, lower cabin humidity., proximity to strangers. Yet flight ...
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Has a passenger or cabin crew member ever flown an airliner?

Is there any documented case, excluding hijacking, where a passenger or cabin crew member had to fly an airliner (hands on yoke/stick) – even if just briefly – due to an emergency (pilot ...
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How do flight crews handle a death aboard a commercial aircraft? [duplicate]

Kinda a morbid subject I know, but whether a prince or a street sweeper, we all dance with the Grim Reaper - sooner or later. And there’s no reason he cannot visit you at 30,000 feet, if it’s your ...
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How airlines are calculating crew member's payroll? [closed]

What methods are used by the airlines to calculate the payroll of a commercial airline crew member? Does it always depend on the number of flight hours in the period, the number of duty days, or some ...
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Under what circumstances can a flight attendant unbuckle and get up during landing?

Lately I've been on several flights where the flight attendants had to talk sternly to passengers that were getting up either just before landing or just after (which is quite obvious to everyone ...
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Is medical certification required for flight attendents?

In the history of stewardesses: "In the earliest days of commercial flight, there were teenage cabin boys, and the first female stewardesses had to be registered nurses." The 2009 book Flying Across ...
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What regulation allows airlines to require flight attendants to work up to 20 hours? [closed]

What regulation can a Part 121 airline use to bypass the rest requirements for flight attendants? Our airline has been working flight attendants for up to 20 hours using the term "irregular ...
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How many aircraft types are cabin crew qualified for?

I always wonder, how many types of aircrafts can a cabin crewmember be qualified for? is there a limitation by say IATA, FAA or EASA?
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Do flight attendants do pinch-hitter training?

I was watching a Captain Joe video (Can a PASSENGER land a PLANE?) and he mentioned that he left out the 20 minutes it took the person to even figure out how to communicate with ATC. It seems to me ...
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Can a flight attendant have only one eye?

I have only had one eye for many years and was a flight attendant before it happened now have received a one on one interview with airline. I just wonder if my eye will be a problem.
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What are these five indicators at the front of the 737 passenger cabin?

As a passenger I noticed set of five indicators on ceiling at the front of the 737 passenger cabin. They are: red, yellow (or white), blue, white, red. Red ones seem to be coupled together (what ...
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Do flight regulations prohibit sleeping on the floor of an airliner?

During a recent trip in a Finnair A350, a couple traveling together was occupying 1 row of three Economy Comfort seats. During the 12 hour flight, one of the couple stretched out on the seats, the ...
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Why do flight attendants wear gloves during takeoff and landing?

Last time I was flying the flight attendant put on black leather gloves during while she was seated during takeoff and landing. She took them of as soon as she got up from the seat. This wasn't the ...
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what are the CAA rules on eye surgery?

I've been assessed and hired as cabin crew member by Easyjet in UK, on the 26th april I will have my medical assessment. 2 weeks ago I did a PRK refractive laser surgery for myopia correction. Today I'...
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Do flight attendants have a regulatory responsibility to risk their own lives to save passengers?

A documentary about the collision at Tenerife seems to imply that the Pan Am flight attendants left the aircraft without helping a single passenger? Is this correct? If so how is this possible? Are ...
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Why would the cabin crew spray the cabin before landing?

Once when I was on a plane that was about to land, the cabin crew came around and they were spraying these small canisters. I've been on many flights but it was that particular flight where they did ...
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How do flight attendants know seat belts are fastened?

I'm a simple curious traveller. I always see flight attendants passing by the seats checking whether belts are fastened. They pass quickly and without looking carefully at each single person, to see ...
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When may passengers board the aircraft and who makes the decision?

Who decides when the passengers may board the aircraft? Is this a pilot or cabin crew decision, and what are the prerequisites / conditions (cabin checks completed, flight plan filed, ...?) for this ...
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What is communicated between flight crew and cabin crew during flight?

During a typical trans-atlantic flight, can anyone list communication between flight crew and cabin crew? I am interested in "mandatory", i.e. safety-relevant communication between the flight deck ...
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Cabin crew : how do they get Oxygen in the event of decompression?

According to this answer, in the event of an explosive decompression it can take as little as 9 seconds to develop problems without an Oxygen supply. How are cabin crew meant to get to an oxygen ...
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In what circumstances do passengers or flight attendants have to take their shoes off?

Three shoes-related facts: A passenger and a flight attendant in this Аэрофлот/Aeroflot aircraft have their shoes off or are ready to take them off: It's suggested that shoes are taken off for ...
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A330 flown by low cost airline - is 8 cabin crew really all they have?

I'm reading the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report on an incident involving an AirAsia X A330 (PDF). The flight in question was intended to be Sydney to Kuala Lumpur so something like a ten to ...
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How, typically, do passengers and crew behave in a real-life airliner evacuation?

Two parts to this: Do passengers tend to behave in ideal ways? How do the cabin crew behave? We know what's supposed to happen: the passengers are supposed to follow instructions, leave possessions ...
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Can someone provide details about airlines dividing crew into personality groups?

In this answer about crew bidding/scheduling, it's mentioned that crews may be divided into groups based on personality. What personality traits may be considered? How are people matched? Is this ...
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How are bids packages and awards generated?

There probably is no short answer for this. Crews out there, how do you bid and how are you rewarded? Are you always satisfied with your lines? Can someone also explain in brief from a system point of ...
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What is the technical role of a flight attendant?

Everyone knows flight attendants represent the airline for the passengers, and have a commercial role by distributing meals, selling goods, managing the entertainment system, and receiving complaints. ...
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What does a blue light by the toilet sign mean?

When I was flying with Swiss Air we hit some turbulence. Of course, the seat belt light came on but above the bathroom sign, a blue light came on. (Source) Then after a while a second one came on. I'...
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What does two 'high-low' chimes in the cabin of a 737-800 mean?

Recently on a trip to Orlando on Sun Country, I came across a cabin chime that I'd not heard before. It sounded like two 'high-low chimes' in a row, so basically equivalent to someone ringing a ...
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Destiny of Unused food after flight [closed]

What happens to the unused food after a flight? Does it get all destroyed (on-site or off-site) or is there some alternative use (e.g. Charity ) that it gets put to. Does the incoming food truck cart ...
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Could the cabin crew open the lavatory door from outside when someone locked the door from the inside?

On a recent flight a passenger locked himself in the lavatory for almost the entire duration of the flight. It was only when the flight was in the final leg of descent that he could be persuaded to ...
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Do airlines employ FAs from their destination countries?

I'm watching a documentary about daily business of an airport. There was a crew briefing for a Lufthansa flight from Germany to India, and as there was an Indian FA, the briefing was held in English (...
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Why do cabin crew also man check-in desks?

When flying, I sometimes notice that the person behind the check-in desk also turns out to be the flight attendant on my flight. Is this always the case, or did I just notice the exceptions? Why do ...
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Can a paying passenger ride in one of the cabin jumpseats?

Is there any regulation that prohibits passengers from using a cabin jumpseat (normally used by cabin crew) if there is no passenger seat available? Like the two shown below. In other words, can any ...
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Are flight attendants paid in the same way pilots are paid?

I understand that airline pilots are generally paid for their time "in flight", which means the clock starts when the aircraft begins to move away from the gate. Are flight attendants paid in the same ...
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How common is it for flight attendants to have pilot certificates?

When looking up some information for the recent question Have there been any solo flights on airliners?, I found this article that lists several incidents in which a pilot has become incapacitated in ...
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Are the communications between captain and flight attendants standardized?

Premises For usual communications between pilots and ATC, a specific phraseology is followed. In case of an an unexpected event (e.g. a sick passenger), flight attendants and pilots can communicate ...
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Why do flight attendants continue to stand, when the seatbelt sign is on?

Especially during turbulence, I notice that passengers are warned to sit and fasten seatbelts, but flight attendants continue to serve only cold beverages (since the overflow, slosh, spill of hot ...
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What can the Flight Attendant Panel do?

I've noticed that on some airlines (I may have seen it on SAS) the cabin crew had a small touchscreen at the front of the plane which they were using to select recorded audio messages etc, in both ...
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Under what conditions is a flight attendant required on an aircraft?

Not all airplanes with passengers are required to have flight attendants. What are the regulations that cover this and when are they required?