Flight attendants are responsible for making sure that airline passengers have a safe and comfortable flight. They greet passengers, help them stow their luggage and serve them refreshments throughout the flight. They also must provide information to these passengers about emergency procedures should the flight have any problem. A career path as a flight attendant ranges from both national and international airlines to private airline companies.
If you choose to become a flight attendant, you endure a rigorous training program to make sure that quality customer care and knowledge of all safety procedures are met. Some airlines even offer tuition assistance to those interested in advancing their education to a support field such as international relations, a foreign language or business.
Most airlines offer flight attendants comprehensive health care coverage in a full-time capacity. This usually includes dental and vision and may also include coverage for dependents such as children. A retirement savings plan such as a profit-sharing program or a 401 (K) may also be provided.
Naturally a flight attendant also will have generous travel benefits as most carriers allow their employees to fly for free during off time and many even offer guests to accompany them for free or a reduce rate. Most of this travel occurs on a stand by basis and depends on the occupancy of the flight.
A 9 to 5 shift is not typically with a flight attendant career. Attendants are scheduled to work by flight and many spend multiple days between flights and on layovers. Typically they work for 3 to 4 long consecutive days and then are off the rest of the week. Airlines typically provide both food and housing in major hub cities for flight crews. All of these benefits will depend on the airline a flight attendant works for, but these are just some of the benefits of a career as a flight attendant.
Interested in receiving these benefits? Learn more about how to become a flight attendant.