This likely would not be allowed. | Jack Taylor/Getty Images
Delta restricts jewelry. | Jean-Baptiste Lacroix/AFP/Getty Images
Another ridiculous flight attendant requirement? By Delta standards, they can’t wear more than three rings on their finger. In addition to rings, they can only wear small earrings, and one small necklace at a time.
Next: This is probably the most offensive flight attendant requirement.
4. Their weight and height must be proportionate
They still have weight rules. | Tetmc/iStock/Getty Images
Airlines have long been under fire for discriminating against applicants for their weight. And, sadly, nothing has really changed. Instead of giving a weight requirement, most airlines list “weight must be in proportion to height” as a standard and flight attendant applicants must meet a body mass index of between 18 and 22.
Next: Airlines have no way of actually tracking this prerequisite.
5. They have to quit smoking 6 months before they even apply for the job
They can’t be smokers. | iStock.com
When it comes to flight attendants, health matters to airlines. That said, some airlines require flight attendant applicants to quit smoking six months before they even submit an application. While we understand why airlines don’t want flight attendants to be smokers, we don’t know how they keep track of this prerequisite.
Next: Height matters.
6. There are height requirements
They can’t be too tall or too short. | Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images
In addition to weight requirements, many (if not, all) airlines have strict height requirements. In fact, WestJet does not permit anyone above 6 foot 2. The most common height requirement for airlines is between 5 foot 2 and 6 foot 2 for both men and women.
Next: We have no idea why they would be required to obtain one of these.
7. They must have a driver’s license
Some airlines require this. | JPWALLET/iStock/Getty Images
We’re not sure why this even matters, but some airlines — including: Allegiant, GoJet, and Piedmont — require flight attendants to obtain a driver’s license. Other airlines, such as Spirit, prefer it, but it’s not a necessity.
Next: Many believe this outdated requirement is not true … sadly, it is.
8. They can’t be married
Some airlines still prohibit this. | Liz Gregg/iStock/Getty Images
Believe it or not, some airlines — such as Jet Airways — still have rules against marriage. For a handful of airlines, fresh flight attendants (aka, newbies!) cannot be married. Once they’re seasoned flight attendants, it is permitted.
There’s no word on whether a groom would have to ask the airline for its employee’s hand in marriage.
Next: More impossible beauty standards to meet.
9. No acne, scars, or blemishes
They probably have to get a lot of facials. | iStock.com/VladimirFLoyd
One of the most shocking requirements? Many airlines require flight attendants to have perfect complexions — aka, no acne, scars, or blemishes allowed. We’re not entirely sure airlines know how skin works, but everyone experiences a breakout from time-to-time. And discriminating against facial scars? Come on.
Next: Weight isn’t the only body requirement.
10. Their arm reach matters
This is a somewhat practical requirement. | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
By now, it’s no secret airlines have a lot to say about the physical appearance of flight attendants. So, it should come of no surprise that many airlines have arm reach requirements. According to Emirates, flight attendants much be able to reach 212 centimeters (that’s almost 7 feet!) when standing on tiptoes.
Next: We hope glasses are an approved accessory.
11. They must have good eyesight
This likely comes in handy. | iStock.com/KovacsAlex
Good eyesight is also a must. Most — if not, all — airlines require flight attendants to have use of all five senses, including good eyesight. No word on what “good eyesight” entails, but we hope glasses are an acceptable accessory.
Next: This standard is random, but true.
12. No nose hair
American Airlines hates nose hair. | AkilinaWinner/iStock/Getty Images
Fun fact: American Airlines is anti-nose hair. According to their flight attendant standards, “Noticeable hair in nostrils and in/on ears or underarms must be cut or otherwise removed.” Noted.
Next: We can’t believe airlines still require women to wear this.
13. Lipstick and lipgloss are mandatory
Lip makeup is a requirement. | iStock.com
Believe it or not, lipstick and lipgloss are still mandatory for female flight attendants. While we thought this requirement would have died off with some of the other outdated standards, it looks like it’s here to stay. Not only are flight attendants required to keep their lipstick and lipgloss in check, they also must refresh their makeup as needed.
Next: There’s a good reason for this requirement.
14. They must be able to lift 50 pounds
They have to keep in shape. | Boggy22/iStock/Getty Images
According to WestJet, flight attendants have to be strong. While this isn’t that crazy — after all, they have to help customers place bags in the overhead compartments — 50 pounds is a lot of weight.
Next: Airlines are not as inclusive as they say they are.
15. There are age requirements
Age requirements vary. | Ruben Ramos/iStock/Getty Images
Another fun fact: Most airlines still discriminate against age — only, it’s a little different than before. While it varies from airline to airline, flight attendant applicants have to meet a minimum age requirement. For some airlines, this age requirement is 19 and others its 21.
[via The Cheat Sheet ]