A flight attendant's life can seem glamorous and exciting as you travel the world, visit exotic places and enjoy new experiences. However, there is a lot of hard work involved as well, and flight attendants often do not spend time exploring the destinations they fly to – other than sleeping by jet lag in a hotel room at the airport!
Despite all this, there is always a lot of competition for flight attendant settings, and many strict rules about who can apply. And even if you manage to get through the tough interview process, many airlines can set conditions for how their cabin crew should behave, both on and off the plane.
Check the list below to see the strict rules that flight attendants must follow if they want to keep their job.
20 Must be unmarried
Most airlines have now deleted their archaic rule that female flight attendants must be unmarried, and married cabin crew are even allowed to wear wedding rings while working.
However, Gulf Air, based in the Middle East, still insists that their female cabin crew be unhappy when they start working, and that they must ask the company's permission before they get married!
19 They Cannot Be Too Short
Many rules about who can and cannot work as flight attendant revolve around safety reasons. As part of their responsibilities, attendees must be able to perform certain tasks while on the job. For example, flight attendants may not be too short, as they may struggle to reach objects in the air boxes.
18 Or Too Tall
Similarly, you cannot register to become a flight attendant if you are too tall – which is obvious when you think about the limited space, especially on some smaller planes.
Altitude rules may vary from airline to airline, but the upper limit is usually around 6 ft 1in, which immediately excludes many men who may want to become cabin crew.
17 Flight Crew Can't Be Overweight
In addition to altitude restrictions, there are also weight restrictions for flight attendants – again for safety reasons, not fat shame.
If an existing member of cabin crew begins to put on weight, they will not be fired immediately, but may continue to work while trying to shed those extra pounds.
16 Makeup Is Male atory
Times have changed since flight attendants were seen as something more than glamorous trolley dolls, but female cabin crew members are nevertheless told that they must have makeup by employers their. Virgin Airlines recently became the first airline to drop the mandatory make-up rule for its female flight attendants.
15 But Cannot Be Too Bold
Other airlines may still consider makeup as an essential part of being an effective flight attendant, but they do not want cabin crew to use bold colors or styles, such as heavy eyeliner or lipstick colliding with the uniform.
Subtle and underestimated is the way to go, and flight attendants on long-haul flights must make sure they touch the makeup without any other passengers noticing.
14 Only allowed to wear one pair of earrings
As with tattoos, airlines have strict requirements regarding piercings their employees are allowed to wear. While working, flight attendants are only allowed to use one discreet pair of spikes in their ears. This is partly about ensuring that they appear professional, but large earrings can also be a safety hazard in the event of an emergency.
13 Must Be At Least 18-Years-Old
Men increasingly sign up to become flight attendants with their female counterparts, and they must also follow the rules of their appearance. Although facial hair is allowed, it must not be too long and must be nicely trimmed – and not even think about giving you a stylish hipster joke!
11 Must be able to swim
Cabin crew must also be able to swim, and this will be tested in the practical phase of their training when preparing for what can happen if their aircraft lands on water.
This is not just for their own safety, but also so that they can swim to rescue passengers who might not have reached the raft on their own.
10 No Visible Tattoos
Tattoos have become much more socially acceptable in recent years, and many young people have chosen to be inked in highly visible areas.
Airlines have not kept up with the times, however, and still insist that their cabin crew have no visible tattoos, such as on the face, neck or forearms and legs.  9 Not allowed to accept tips
It is not a difficult and quick rule that flight attendants are not allowed to accept tips – some airlines allow, but most wrinkles on the staff accepts gratuities.
If you want to show your appreciation to the cabin crew on the flight, the best thing you can do is treat them with respect and make sure you always say thank you.
8 Hairstyles must be neat and tidy
Female flight attendants must also follow the airline's rules regarding hairstyles, and most do not let cabin crew with long hair wear it. Tidy and tidy is the order of the day, with bowls and ponytail being a common sight when flight attendants go up and down the aisle of the aircraft.
7 They may not use all the first aid kit
It may be reassuring for passengers to know that their aircraft has a well-stocked first aid kit, but they may not feel as comfortable if they knew that flight attendants are actually not allowed to use all the equipment. In fact, they must wait for a doctor or trained medical professional before any of the items in the first aid kit can be used.
6 Must Be Non-Smokers
Smoking has been prohibited by air for years, but some airlines even prohibit their flight attendants from smoking when they take off. Some airlines only prevent employees from smoking in uniform, while Qatar Airlines prohibits cabin crew from smoking at all or even having cigarettes in the house.
5 Must be able to stay on his feet for a long time
One of the reasons airlines have weight restrictions for cabin crew is that flight attendants must also be physically fit to do the job. Aside from the fact that they can be on their feet for hours on a long-haul flight, they must also be fit enough to handle any emergencies.