AIR HOST­ESS Fly­ing high

THE LOW­DOWN

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CLOCK­WORK 3am: Cab for the air­port ar­rives at home 3.45am: Reach air­port 4am: Re­port to the move­ment of­fice 4.15am: At­tend briefing ses­sions and go for breath­a­lyzer test 4.30am: Meet and greet the cock­pit mem­bers and keep spe­cial in­struc­tions in mind 4.45am: Check emer­gency equip­ment on board 5am: Check cabin clean­li­ness and meal con­fig­u­ra­tion ac­cord­ing to the booked pas­sen­ger load 5.45am: Greet and seat pas­sen­gers on board 6am: Dis­trib­ute com­pli­men­tary wa­ter bot­tles or juices to pas­sen­gers 6.15am: Clear up 6.20am: Flight safety demon­stra­tion 6.30am: Take off 8.30am: Af­ter land­ing, wish pas­sen­gers good bye 9am: Go to the move­ment of­fice again for a de­brief­ing. Call it a day An air host­ess’s pri­mary job is to en­sure the safety and se­cu­rity of pas­sen­gers and she is spe­cially trained and cer­ti­fied for safety and first-aid sit­u­a­tions. She also has the added re­spon­si­bil­ity of mak­ing ev­ery pas­sen­ger’s flight com­fort­able in terms of cus­tomer ser­vice. Her tasks also in­volve wel­com­ing pas­sen­gers on board, pro­vid­ing in-flight in­for­ma­tion, demon­strat­ing emer­gency safety reg­u­la­tions and as­sist­ing old and sick pas­sen­gers. An air host­ess is expected to help pas­sen­gers dur­ing crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions pa­tiently and dis­play ex­em­plary courage if there is an emer­gency. This is among a very few jobs that al­lows you to travel across the globe fre­quently, see new places and meet peo­ple from var­ied backgrounds. There is a cost to pay... one has to forego a ma­jor part of one’s so­cial life. The job has its chal­lenges, the big­gest be­ing job tim­ings. You have to con­stantly adapt to dif­fer­ent time sched­ules, which means al­ter­ing meal times and sleep habits

THE PAY­OFF An air host­ess is paid ac­cord­ing to her ex­pe­ri­ence and the air­line she works for. A fresher may earn R20,000 and R25,000 per month. A head flight at­ten­dant can earn up to R50,000 per month. Ma­jor in­ter­na­tional air­lines pay R80,000 to R1 lakh per month. This can dif­fer from or­gan­i­sa­tion to or­gan­i­sa­tion, and the num­ber of hours one clocks per month SKILLS/TRAITS Abil­ity to re­main pleas­ant and pre­sentable no mat­ter how much the pres­sure One has to stay fit. Good skin and good eye­sight are must Func­tion­ing as a team player Han­dling dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions and the abil­ity to deal with them in­de­pen­dently

GET­TING THERE The min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tion re­quired is Class 12. It pays to be a grad­u­ate in any field or in ho­tel man­age­ment. Knowl­edge of a for­eign lan­guage is an added ad­van­tage. Some air host­ess train­ing academies help you train for the job IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Frank­finn Airhost­ess Train­ing Academy (with cen­tres across the coun­try) www.frank­finn.com Avalon Academy for Avi­a­tion,

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