Flight attendants can travel the world when a member of cabin crew, enabling them to see a country for reduced costs. Some airlines, however, dictate an extremely high standard to be able to work for them. Channel 4 documentary Worlds Most Luxurious Airline has revealed some of the standards dictated for flight crew working on Singapore Airlines in their £10,000 suites. From weight to hair, they must follow strict rules.
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The women must be able to fit into their uniforms to be able to work.
One flight attendant explained: “Upper ranks have fewer girls more guys. Many woman start a family and they leave us but the men will stay on and not have to worry about putting on weight.
“We have a returning mothers scheme but they must be able to fit into their uniform. If they don’t they must lose the weight.”
It isn’t the only way they have to perform to be part of the flight crew.
Many of the girls are told to grow or cut their hair to be the optimum length.
Amy Lin, grooming consultant, revealed how they taught the women to do their make-up, and if their hair bun was too large or too small.
During the 14-week training programme, they are even given sommelier training.
Tested to understand wines, the airline spends £10 million on alcohol and buy more Dom Perignon than any other airlines.
They must also walk right and learn the correct way to serve passengers.
The standard for Singapore Airlines flight attendant has been high since the 1970s when the “Singapore Girl” adverts aired.
While many airlines no longer have such strict rules, cabin crew from the 1950s often had to be a certain height and weight to be able to work.
Skirts were also expected to be worn although some airlines such as British Airways no longer make this mandatory.
Singapore Airlines came in as the best airline for 2019m according to a recent survey.
The airline also announced plans to launch the longest non-stop flight in the world.