Etihad Airways rules – a short list you should read

Throughout my career at Etihad Airways there have been (and still exists) rules that you must strictly follow, although sometimes infringed because of certain factors. There were two precise sets: The Grooming Manual, which highlighted standards required by the company in that particular area and The Conduct Code. These rules were available in 2012, the year I decided to come back home after 8 years in the aviation.

The grooming standards at Etihad Airways had to be strictly followed so as to protect the professional image of flight attendants onboard during the program (while on duty).

  • It is mandatory that, when a flight attendant wears the uniform, to also wear make-up. Regarding this aspect, I can tell you that 6 make-up products are required: foundation, eye-shadow, mascara, blush, red lipstick and nail polish.
  • Your hair colour must be natural or a maximum of 2 shades lighter or darker.
  • Airport security check labels(stickers) on suitcases must be peeled off each time.
  • Necklaces or bracelets are not allowed while wearing the uniform.
  • You may only wear two plain rings, one on each hand.
  • Tattoos and piercings mustn’t be in plain sight.
  • Chewing gum isn’t allowed while in uniform.
  • Using mobile phones or iPods (for listening to music) isn’t allowed while in uniform, this is only allowed while flight attendants travel by bus from their homes to the airport or vice versa.
  • Flight attendants are not allowed to have alcohol in their homes unless a license (authorization) for use is obtained.
  • If a flight attendant pays a visit to the company’s offices in their spare time, they must wear a business attire, a casual attire like jeans, sports clothing and so on isn’t allowed. Wearing the identification badge (company ID) is required in any of the company’s offices or while visiting the airport.
  • Visitors must leave flight attendants’ homes before 1:00 am. No one enters the building illegally as there is a guard that monitors the entrance (there are cameras even inside the elevators). Friends or family are allowed to live with flight attendants if they obtains the consent of the company and fellow house-mates. Attention, it is not both parents that are allowed to sleep inside the apartment, only the mother of the female who works as a flight attendant or the father of the male employed as a flight attendant. Only friends of the same sex are allowed to live with you.
  • If flight attendants arrive a few minutes late for the flight briefing, they are sent back home (offloaded), removed from the flight list, and given a warning letter.
  • Abortions are prohibited in the UAE.
  • During the Ramadan, eating and drinking in public places is forbidden, chewing gum included.

You must be fully aware that the company employee acts as its ambassador and should mind their attitude, behaviour, posture and language. You are always in the spotlight and constantly being monitored so as not to damage the image of the company.

For a better control of the employees’ activity or behaviour, and now we are talking about flight attendants, there is this custom of encouraging relationships based on the premises: “If ‘x’ rule is disobeyed, the following sanctions apply…”.

Regardless of the Etihad Airways rules, being a flight attendant is marvellous. Of course there is a lot of work and the rules seem intimidating, but this job brings you so many satisfactions.

Happy landing, darlings!

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What’s next if you have passed the final interview with an airline company?

Are you among the lucky ones who have passed their final interview and can almost call themselves cabin crew? Then it means that you can start imagining your cabin crew career, the adventures you’ll have and the wonderful experience that lie ahead.

Before all these happen, let us tell you what follows after an interview with an airline company:

1. Golden email/golden call

One week or around 10 days after the final interview the airline company will inform you via email or phone if you have been selected for the job. Be sure to check your email constantly and to have access to a phone line. You never know when the recruiters might contact you. It can also be during the weekend, so be aware that Sunday is a working day in the Arab countries. If your the answer is positive, you’ll also be informed regarding what else they need from you: certain documents, details about your work contract, medical check-ups, when should you quit your present workplace and so on.

2. Medical Check-ups

All airline companies require certain medical check-ups before hiring. For most airline companies you’ll have to present a complete set of check-ups before signing the contract. Etihad, however, has a different policy: the new recruits get their check-ups done after they arrive at the headquarters. Some of the check-ups you’ll need to keep in mind are: HIV test, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, a radiography for tuberculosis, a panoramic teeth radiography and a x-ray that proves you don’t have scoliosis. Emirates also requires a Pap test.

Besides, you’ll also be asked to hand in a list with all the vaccines you’ve gotten so far. The list must also contain the yellow fever and meningococcal vaccines. If it does’t you must get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Remember: When at the headquarters of your new employer, all the check-ups we have mentioned will be repeated at the company’s medical clinic, therefore they can rest assured that their new recruit is 100% healthy. Otherwise, the risk is that you might be sent home. Your health is a number 1 priority.

3. Documents – signing the contract

When all your check-ups are in order, the next step is signing your contract. Usually, a contract with an airline company is signed for a 3 years period. However, Qatar Airways requires a 5 years period on their contracts. You must have a valid, not temporary passport. Most Arab countries do not accept temporary passports!

4. Date of join – Plane ticket

Shortly after your receive the golden email/call you’ll also be informed about the date you’ll fly to your new “home, your plane ticket will be paid by your new employer.

5. What to pack?

The airline company will pay up to 100 kg extra luggage ( Qatar Airways pays for 130!) so you can bring most of the things you need. Keep in mind when packing that you need clothes for all seasons as you’ll fly all over the world and you’ll experience all types of weather.

6. Training

Depending on the airline company, the training period will last from 6 to 8 weeks. Prepare yourself for an intense learning experience about everything a cabin crew member should know: aviation in general, types of planes, safety & emergency, service on board and so on.

Remember: You must wear business attire at the training sessions: black skirt or pants, white shirt and black pumps. You have to always respect the company’s grooming manual even when entering the company’s headquarters.

Good luck and see you among the clouds!

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Top 10 Cabin Crew Final Interview Questions

The Final Interview is the last step you need to take while dealing with the recruiters. It may last from just a few minutes (as it is the case of Qatar Airways, when you are given not more than 5 minutes) to 20-30 minutes. It all depends on your discussion with the recruiters, what they are looking for on your CV, your past experience and the way in which you succeed to convince them of your future cabin crew abilities.

The discussion is usually a relaxed one; it’s just you and the recruiters. They will pay close attention to your answers, as well as to your body language. How you will support your opinions, along with your ability to take decisions quickly and give relevant answers will also be noticed.

There are some standard questions posed on the final interview. That does not mean, of course, that the questions will remain the same for each interview, or that the recruiters won’t ask you something specific, according to your own professional experience. You have to be prepared for anything, confident and optimistic during all the interview process.

Here is a list of the most commonly asked interview questions, whose response should be kept in mind:

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
  2. Recall a time when a co-worker was not doing their job. Did you step in, and if so, how?
  3. Why do you want to be a Flight Attendant?
  4. What 3 strengths would you bring to the company?
  5. Tell me a time when you were overwhelmed at work. What happened? What did you do? What was the end result?
  6. Give an example of excellent customer service you provide.
  7. How do you feel about wearing a uniform at work?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. Do you want to ask us anything?
  10. Recall a time when you had to handle an unruly customer. How did you resolve the ensuing conflict?

Cabin Crew Final Interview Questions: How to answer?

Stay relevant in everything you say. Don’t give very long answers and always come up with practical examples, relating to your own experience. Be sincere and tell the truth in case you haven’t already found yourself in a certain situation. Don’t interrupt the recruiters and try to maintain a positive atmosphere. When you are done, don’t forget to thank them for their time.

My advice is to have the answers to the questions above prepared in advance (or at least have an idea). Don’t memorize them and don’t try to build perfect answers. Smile as much as you can and try to prove the recruiters that all your qualities recommend you for the position of flight attendant within that airline.

Our student was recruited by three airline companies. Now she is cabin crew

It was in November 2014 when our student D. took off to Abu Dhabi. D. is one of the luckiest girls who successfully passed the interview with an important Middle East Company last fall.

How we got to know our student

We initially met last year in July, at the stewardesses’ party, organized by us on the occasion of the How to be cabin crew 1st anniversary. Soon after, in August, D. became our student at one of the preparation courses held by us monthly. She came to the course, got herself prepared, started to apply to the majority of the airlines recruiting in Romania (namely Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Ryanair and Flynas), and she was even recruited by three of them. Finally, she came to realize Etihad Airways is the company that suits her best.

Why cabin crew and not any other job?

I have chosen this job because, in my vision, is the only one that combines/merges/mixes up two essential things: the necessary with the pleasure. It doesn’t have the features of a normal job and I personally love everything which is out of the ordinary.

When did you decide to fly?

It was only this year when I’ve made up my mind that I want to fly. Being on my last year of university, studying foreign languages and having to interact with people of different nationalities and cultures, made be become more and more curious about how far I could go in order to succeed.

How did the interview with Etihad Airways go?

The interview went in a relaxed and natural manner. At every step, I felt continuously encouraged by the recruiters to be myself and speak freely. They acted kindly and funnily during the entire interview process and this permitted me to make a joke, while solving the ’’get to know each other’’ task. I was the sixty-six number and after introducing myself, following their model, I told them: ’’I’m lucky no 66 and I think I’m missing a six’’, which eased the atmosphere and stole them a smile along with a nice comment. The final interview, which occurred the next day, was peppered with smiles and jokes from their part. They warmly welcomed me, telling me I could relax, that the worst part had passed and a discussion was going to follow, so they could know me better. They asked me different types of questions: whether I have worked before in UAE or not, about me missing home and my knowledge regarding the Muslim culture, why Etihad, to tell them about a positive and a negative event concerning my customer service experience, whether I could adapt to an unusual work schedule, about what would be in my opinion the hardest thing for me to do, and the list goes on. The interview ended with a ‘see you soon’, which gave me the hope that everything went well.

You are among the lucky ones selected by more than one airline, following the interview. Why did you choose Etihad Airways?

It’s true that I’ve attended four interviews until now: Ryanair; Qatar; Etihad; Flynas and also that I’ve successfully obtained the cabin crew position with three of them. I chose Etihad Airways because of their open-mindedness and the opportunity to fly in almost every part of the world.

In what measure do you think what you’ve learned during the How to be cabin crew course helped you with the interview?

To participate in such a course was one of the most beautiful experiences. I had the pleasure to meet the team at the stewardesses’ cocktail and I was truly in love with the way the whole event was organized, the idea itself that there are people who really want to help us, and there were also guests who came particularly to speak us. This thing determined me to choose to come to the preparation course and, even if I wasn’t scared about my English or how I should act when it comes to customer service, I had great lacks concerning grooming and attitude.

I have learned how to temper myself, correct my mistakes, look at least almost perfect on the day of the interview, and all this due to the incredible way I’ve succeeded to combine through practice and attention the things learned at course. It was a relaxed atmosphere, the group games were a pleasure, and the attention given by the team to every one of us was priceless. Anca was always attentive to our way of expressing ourselves in English, Nicoleta was challenging us with different and different questions, and Georgiana was monitoring our every movement, so that everything could go well in the end. The most beautiful part of this course was that I managed to keep in touch with the How to be cabin crew team. On this occasion, I would like to thank them from the bottom of my soul for my success.

How do you see relocating/re-homing to a Muslim country? What do you think about Abu Dhabi?

I am amazed about the idea of new and I see relocating as a challenge, both from cultural and gastronomical point of view. Abu Dhabi is a luxurious and rich town, the high temperatures enchant me, as I love the warm weather, and this constitutes an advantage of the town. I hope the accommodation will be easy, although I am sure I will miss my family and friends I love so much. But now it’s my time to grow and do what I have always dreamt, to travel.

What is your advice for those ready to attend an interview?

My advice for those who want a career as cabin crew is to read with attention the interview requirements and the opinions of those who have already participated in an interview, concerning the questions and tasks required, to practice their English, and for a full success, to join a How to be cabin crew preparation course (the following day everything will seem to them easier, and to me, the individual feedback offered is priceless). Yet, the most important thing is the smile, along with a little bit of personality, and they will surely not fail.

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Future cabin crew: ’’It was thanks to you that I regained the trust in myself’’

We met Raluca in September 2014, at one of our cabin crew courses. Raluca is the sort of girl happy most of the time, kind and friendly to those around her. However, she came to the course with a huge problem: the lack of confidence in herself. She was constantly saying that she wouldn’t pass the interview, being almost always overwhelmed by the emotions she couldn’t control, and also that her English level is not the best. To say the truth, she did express some emotions, but during the course she has learned how to surpass them and look with confidence into recruiters’ eyes. About her English, at that time she was already good enough at speaking it, and the written tests only confirmed us that her level was well above average. Once again, the lack of trust in herself made her see things much worse than they were in reality.

What happened with Raluca? In October, she attended an interview with one of the Middle East companies, successfully passed all of the tests, reached the final interview, and on the 1st of January, she received her DOJ. (Date of Join – the day on which she will fly to her new “home”). And she wasn’t the only one who made it, as her colleagues from the preparation course will be her colleagues there too. All of them have passed the interview they were so afraid of.cabin crew preparation
This is what Raluca has written to us about her experience at the course and the impact the interview preparation had on her:

’’What could be greater than a feedback along with good news?
You are wonderful, I will always be grateful to you, due to you I regained the trust in myself, I surpassed my fears, I continued to dream until my dream came true.

When I found out about the How to be cabin crew course, I told to myself that I MUST join it. Based on what you read on the Internet, some articles and opinions really conflict with each other, nothing seemed concrete to me anymore, when I was just getting an idea about something, soon I was finding myself reading something else and this whole thing got me confused.
Four intensive days. Every day was something special. We had a new guest every day. With each day passing, we were closer to our dream.

We had the honour of spending three of the days with the trainer, a great lady with more than ten years of experience in aviation, both as a flight attendant and a recruiter. The trainers amazed us with their experiences and advices, as well as Aida Chivu, the HR Specialist, who taught us that what we may consider our weaknesses, may be perceived by the others as qualities.

Getting to know people who work in this field is fantastic. Hearing their stories is amazing/enchanting/touching. Receiving their advices is priceless!
We have been through all of the stages of the recruitment interview, we insisted there where it was necessary, we have learned that even the smallest details matter. At the end, we received a feedback – so that every one of us be aware of the things that still require hard work and practice. In just four days we have met different people, every one special in his own way, we have built friendships…☺

On the third day of the course, we found out that in less than a month an important Middle East company would come to recruit in Romania. I still remember Anca, standing at the desk, with a smile on her lips, timidly interrupting us from the presentation and telling us about ‘the big news’. For more than ten minutes the whole room was covered in excitement, in the air you could feel emotion, agitation and impatience. It seemed like everyone became even more concentrated.
At the moment, many of us who attended the cours in September are very close to our dreams. Ther
e’s so little tim…and we are optimistic!

cabin crew preparationTherefore, Anca and Georgiana, I thank you for everything, thank you for pushing us hard, for encouraging us, for teaching us! Thank you for those four amazing days! Congratulations and keep up the good work!’’

May your sky be bright, Raluca!

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Vacancy for Cabin Crew based at London City Airport

Hours: Full Time
Role: Permanent
Remuneration: Starting salary of £12,984 plus London Weighting £1,931 per annum
Closing: 31 Jul 2015

Summary Job Description:

Do you aspire to work for the best? Are you keen to break away from your nine-to-five routine? Would you rather be working at 36,000 feet in a fast-paced environment, delivering outstanding service to a wide range of customers?

If that’s you, then we want to hear from you.

Every day, BA CityFlyer Crew provide exceptional service to thousands of business and leisure customers flying into the niche market of London City Airport in the heart of London and beyond to Europe.

BA is looking for exceptional, customer-focused people to come and join our team. You should have a positive attitude coupled with high standards of professionalism and genuinely enjoy helping customers, solving problems and making sure everyone has an exceptional flying experience with London City Airport’s leading airline.


  • Aged 18 or over at the time of your application
  • Minimum height 5’2″ (1.58m)
  • Hold a valid EU Passport with the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK
  • To be prepared to undergo a Criminal Record Check (CRC) for all countries of residence for six months or more in the previous five years
  • Able to report for work at your airport base within 90 minutes of call-out
  • Prepared to conform to all British Airways uniform standards
  • Ability to work to a roster pattern (including anti-social hours) all year round

As Cabin Crew, your role will focus on maintaining the highest standards of safety and comfort on board for our passengers and crew.

To join BA you will need to bring an understanding of our customers’ expectations together with excellent communication, interpersonal and team working skills. Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable, you’ll have a professional, positive attitude to work and a solid commercial awareness.

BA will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and are planning to assess candidates at our London City base. Please be aware BA has limited assessment slots, so we recommend you submit your application at the earliest opportunity.

Apply here now!

Flight attendant: ’Every day in the uniform I want to make it an experience to remember’’

At the beginning of 2014, we heard the story of three friends who wished to become flight attendants, dreaming one day they will meet together in Paris and drink their coffee near the Eiffel Tower. After joining the How to be cabin crew course, the three friends have become flight attendants and will soon meet in Paris for real.

We met Gabriela, one of them, in February 2014 during the Preparation Course for the Interview with an Airline. She had a tattoo, 28-year-old, many emotions, but despite all these, she was ready to become a stewardess.

‘’I educated myself to reach for the moon; even if I miss, I’ll land among the stars.’’

When and why did you decide you want to become a flight attendant?

Although it looks like a cliché, I’ve wanted to practice this job since I was a teenager. Unfortunately, life’s way made me choose another path – namely customer care. At a moment when I was wishing to change my life, I received a surprise: I was put in the situation to choose whether to follow the Aviation School courses or not. The decision wasn’t hard, but at the same time it was an act of courage. Throughout the years, I educated myself to reach for the moon; even if I miss, I’ll land among the stars. Now I can say I’m closer to them than ever. I chose to make a radical change thinking it could be the biggest change of my life. And, with each day passing, I get more and more convinced I took the right decision.

How did your interview go?

The interview seemed to me quite easy, taking into account that I’ve attended the How to be cabin crew course, where I’ve received all the necessary information and practiced various exercises. I knew I was ready and I was sure of myself (I’ve practiced my presentation many times, in the car, while driving). We had to pass a written test too: the first subject was consisting of some English grammar exercises, and the second one was requiring us to imagine we were on board and had to present the new menu; it was then that I realized the imagination was the key. It seemed it was also the winner. After the test, the selected candidates remained for the one-to-one interviews. I’ve received numerous questions: about the airline, about me and my current workplace, motivation for this job, unpleasant situations at the workplace and solutions found. At the end, a text was read to me and I had to answer some questions based on it, so they could test my attention. I answered sincerely during all the interview process, adding a personal note. I refused to give standard answers we all find on Google.

The Qatar Airways rules
  • During the 12 hours of rest before being transported by bus to the airport for duty (duty = flight or airport standby), you are allowed to leave the house for 90 minutes.
  • You cannot use the phone or use any electronic device when you’re on the bus to and from work.

Read all about Qatar Airways rules

Was it helpful for your interview all that you have learned during the How to be cabin crew course?

All that I have learned during the course was of great help. I have learned how to introduce myself at a job interview, received information about a flight attendant’s life experience, and had the occasion to put into practice possible situations encountered at an interview. We’ve received useful advices based on the performance of each of us and discovered how to structure the CV in order to highlight what’s important. I’ve learned how to build my answers by inserting words that could capture the interviewer’s attention. Lastly, I’ve found out how to be confident about myself and my knowledge. I’ve left the course happy that I had the chance to meet three wonderful persons, part of the How to be cabin crew team, whom I admire for all their passion put in creating this project.

What is your advice for those who are going to attend an interview?

To have faith in their own dream! And patience! No matter how skilled you are, the interviews aren’t at all comfortable. A lot of practice is required: in front of the mirror, in the car, in front of two or three friends. Besides, I think if you put soul in your answers and really believe in your passion for this job, then you took a step forward (leaving your future colleagues behind).

I remember you had a tattoo on the wrist. What happened to it?

You are right. The tattoo was on the right hand’s ring finger. After five sessions of laser tattoo removal, taken in Bucharest, I got it removed completely.

Every day in the uniform I try to make it an experience to remember/unforgettable experience. 

One day I made a child happy. During boarding, while I was helping passengers with their luggage, one child took my hand telling me he was knowing the captain. He confirmed captain’s name and told me he was in the same football team as captain’s son. Once the embarkation was completed, while waiting for the flight documents, I announced the captain about that little passenger claiming he was his son’s colleague and knew him. The captain invited the child to the flight deck, explained to him technical details and took a photo together. During the flight, the child stopped me to thank me, telling me how proud he was about the photo. You could see the happiness on his face.

How did relocating to London seem to you?

In spite of the rain that looks romantic to me, I never thought I would wish to live in London. When I found out the name of my base, my best friend told me there would be no other place to better admire the clouds and the rain than London. At the beginning, it was quite hard to find an accommodation, but God brought in my way a great family, with whom I currently live. The environment is very pleasant, I adapted rapidly and I feel safe now. I’ve known people of different cultures from all over the world and I’m glad I have something to learn from everyone. I’ve also met extraordinary people who have heard about Romania, wish to visit it and speak fine words about our country. And, even I find it nice to live in London, my cabin crew bag has a little tricolor ribbon attached to it (idea stolen from another Romanian colleague).

What are your future plans?

In the near future, I would like to attend the required courses in order to become a pilot. The time spent in the air looks like a magical one to me. The sky is the place where I find my answers and from where I get the necessary energy for starting new things. I wish one day I will live in France and work for Air France. I’ve flirted with the idea of practicing this job in conflict areas, but those who care for me want me to be courageous on the ground.

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The swimming test. Should cabin crew know how to swim?

Yes, cabin crew be able to swim.

Cabin crew do not have to demonstrate extraordinary abilities for swimming, but must be able to swim for up to 50 meters, across a pool about 2 meters deep.

I cannot swim, but I want to be cabin crew.

There is no swimming test during the recruitment phase, but you must learn how to swim before you board on the plane. During the cabin crew licensing training, you must prove that you are not afraid of water and, if needed, you can swim.

So, if you cannot swim at the moment of your recruitment, you have some extra time to take swimming lessons before your employment.

Is there a swimming test at the recruitment interview?

Currently there is no swimming test at the time of the recruiting. Arab companies trust candidates to have this ability, but the academy training programme has a ditching test where future cabin crew must prove their ability to swim.

How do you prove you are able to swim?

The courses for future cabin crew, whether insured by the employing company or an independent aviation school, have a ditching module. The ditching module involves putting your life-jacket on, swimming across a pool, climbing into a lifeboat and rescuing a drowning passenger.

In the videos below you can watch two versions of ditching training

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All about cabin crew tattoos

Are cabin crew allowed to have tattoos?

This seems to be a commonly discussed issue among those, men or women, who wish to become cabin crew, but already have tattoos, and Nicoleta Gherman, trainer and recruiter, has already answered a few questions on this topic.

As a general rule, it is considered that, having tattoos isn’t a problem as long as they aren’t visible whilst wearing the uniform, but numerous companies that hire, ask cabin crew candidates during the interview whether they have any tattoos or not.

Some of the people we know, are of the opinion that they haven’t made it pass the first stage of the interview because they have admitted having a tattoo, even if this was positioned on their shoulder, back or stomach. Others, who kept quiet about their discrete tattoos during the interview, passed without any problems – it seems an unfair and confusing situation for those going to the selection!

One thing is certain: each airline adopts a rule when it comes to cabin crew tattoos. Some companies’ policy says that a flight attendant is not allowed to have any tattoo, while other companies’ policy says that, as long as the tattoo isn’t visible, it is not a problem.

Company policy regarding cabin crew tattoos

The airline companies’ argument for their not wishing cabin crew to have tattoos is that, if they, at a certain point, design a new uniform with shorter sleeves or of a finer material, it is possible that cabin crew’ tattoos will be exposed in plain sight.

Qatar Airways policy regarding cabin crew tattoos

No tattoos allowed, regardless of the area they’re located in. This company does not tolerate tattoos and did not hesitate to make redundant senior employees when they introduced this rule.

Etihad Airways policy regarding cabin crew tattoos

If tattoos can be covered by the uniform, they are not a problem. Camouflaging a visible tattoo is not allowed: “No tattoos that would be visible whilst wearing the Etihad uniform (bandages and cosmetic coverings are not permitted).”

Emirates policy regarding cabin crew tattoos

Tattoos are allowed as long as they are not visible whilst in uniform. “No visible tattoos while in Emirates Cabin Crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings not permitted).”

Wizzair and Ryanair policies regarding cabin crew tattoos

Tattoos can not be visible whilst wearing the uniform. Does not allow any visible tattoos. Only those that can be covered by the uniform are allowed.

An airline company will never hire cabin crew with visible tattoos. Furthermore, there are companies that completely prohibit the presence of tattoos, no matter what area of the body they are located in.

Generally, the policy says that no cabin crew can have visible distinctive mark (tattoos, scars, birthmarks). Most uniforms for cabin crew consisting of a skirt/gymslip knee length and short-sleeved shirt, so that it is forbidden to have tattoos or any visible marks on any of the body parts in sight.

The visible parts of the body are: face, neck, hands, arms, legs.

During the assessment day, recruiters might ask you to fill out a form where you mention if you have any birthmarks or tattoos, and where exactly are they positioned on the body. If you do not wish to declare a tattoo to the recruiters, it will eventually be revealed during the medical test that every cabin crew must undertake at the airline’s medical clinic, after the employment. In this case, your employment contract ceases immediately and you will be sent back home.

Cabin crew style: new uniforms for Austrian Airlines

The new uniform, which will be worn by about 3,500 Austrian Airlines employees in uniform highlighting the airline’s red color at the Austrian Airlines ground stations (airports) and on board, was designed by the Austrian designer Marina Hoermanseder. She prevailed against several top designers from Austria by presenting the best concept. 

Born in Vienna, Hoermanseder has lived and worked in Berlin for several years. Her fashion creations stand for a pronounced individualism and fuses technical refinement with an exalted and elegant design.

According to the designer’s ideas, the rich red color will continue to be part of the Austrian Airlines uniform. The female employees in red will vote over the next four week whether to retain the red color of the shoes and stockings.

“Creating the design for the Austrian Airlines uniform was a very exciting task for me, and as an Austrian gave me a great deal of joy. In any case, I wanted to retain the bright red of Austrian Airlines because it gives the crew members a strong appearance”, says the designer Marina Hoermanseder.

Austrian Airlines employs a staff of approximately 6,000 employees, of whom 3,500 wear a uniform. In addition to the logistics requirements, the quality of the material also plays a crucial role. Every part of the uniform is subject to washing and wearing tests and laboratory analyses before being approved. A separate working group will support the launch of the new uniform and also play an important role.

“Our empoyees are the business card of Austrian Airlines. With the unmistak able uniform they are recognized at all airports worldwide. I’m looking forward to the further development and a new, modern Uniform style. Alone in 2014, we have spent more than 51,000 red Uniform pieces and accessories”, says Amir Aghamiri, Head of Brand Management at Austrian Airlines.

Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and operates a global route network of round 130 destinations. That route network is particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 40 destinations. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines.

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