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How to become a flight attendant - The Travel Academy Flight Attendant Training

Flight attendants represent one of the largest job categories in the airline industry. Airlines in the US currently employ approximately 99,000 flight attendants and hire almost 8,000 more each year. At The Travel Academy, we train people from 18 years old into their 60s to be hired as flight attendants and in many other travel careers.

"The teachers were amazing. They taught me everything I needed to know."
~Katieann (OH) Graduated 6/6/14 - Hired as a Flight Attendant at PSA Airlines (US Airways/American Airlines carrier)



  • Only 4% of applicants without training from The Travel Academy ever get a job interview with an airline. At The Travel Academy, we have airline recruiters continuously visiting to interview and hire our students while in class. You don't have to go to them- they come to you!
  • 30-40% of people without Travel Academy education fail to complete their airline's specific training program. Many are unprepared and sent home.
  • An incredible 98% of Travel Academy alumni successfully complete their airline's training.
  • On average, 70-90% of students in our 300-Hour Expanded Course are hired even before they graduate!
  • "On the general aviation front, the demand for products and services [such as flight attending] will continue to grow. With new business jets and products like light sport aircraft, we expect activity in this segment of the industry to continue to increase in the future."

    ~ Randy Babbit of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - See the full report.
  • Without training, getting hired as a flight attendant is extremely difficult (and rare). According to Time Magazine, the acceptance rate at Harvard University is four times higher than Delta Air Lines'- the same is true for most airlines. In other words, people are more likely to become students at Harvard than they are flight attendants without training!
  • However, over 90% of the students in our last 300-Hour Expanded program were hired even before they graduated, which is typical for our 300-Hour Expanded program!

The minimum hiring requirements for becoming a flight attendant are:

  • Have a clean criminal background for at least 10 years (no felonies)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be at least 18 years old

What does it take to be successful at flight attendant school?

  • Safety consciousness
  • Adaptability and flexibility to lifestyle change
  • Customer service skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Energy
  • Ability to multitask
  • Professionalism
  • Ability to connect with people.

After being hired, you will then need to pass your airlineís specific training. Remember that about one out of three people does not pass without training from The Travel Academy. To prevent you from being one of those sent home, a significant portion of our program focuses on getting you hired and passing airline-specific training requirements. We do it all the time- just look at some of our recently hired graduates!

Remember, we work with all students until they are hired- and we offer free Lifetime Placement Assistance to help them move forward or simply change airlines!

Training for How to Become a Flight Attendant

The primary responsibility of flight attendants is safety. At The Travel Academy, you will learn all major airplane safety procedures- from making emergency announcements to correctly stowing luggage. In addition to learning about safety, you will also develop excellent customer service skills. This combination of knowledge in both safety and customer service will give you the needed edge over your competition to begin your flight attendant career. Here are just a few of the course topics covered:

  • Airport codes
  • Aircraft configurations
  • Airline terminology
  • US and International geography
  • Daylight Savings | 24 Hour clock | Airline Call Letters
  • First aid | CPR review
  • Emergency procedures/plane evacuation review
  • FARs (Federal Aviation Regulations)
  • What to expect during and after formal flight attendant training.
  • Résumé writing and interviewing preparation.
  • Airline open house review and questions.
  • Getting your job as a flight attendant.

While our training gives you a tremendous advantage to become a flight attendant, being aware of job opportunities is just as important. When you are halfway through your program, you will have access to our private Job Hotline and receive email notifications about which airlines are hiring and at which bases.

Furthermore, once halfway through your course, you will work closely with our placement department and apply for flight attendant positions while in class! Remember, many of our students are placed before they graduate! Our students are in high demand. All you need to do is follow our direction, be committed to success, work hard, and apply!

In addition to flight attendant training, you will also be prepared for cruise line, travel agent, airport, and tour company positions. Simply put, The Travel Academy provides an in-depth overview of the travel industry that prepares you for any career in travel and tourism.

Visit our contact page to get more information
on your flight attendant school!