Written by Mond Ortiz
One of the greatest misconceptions on flight attendants is that "their job is only about serving beef, chicken, coffee or tea", which I totally disagree and would want to change this. Serving you food and drinks is just a tenth of what the actual training consists. Much to your surprise also, the training program they go through is like one whole college term packed in just two to three months.
If you think sleepless nights studying is only during college, then you are definitely wrong as those sleepless nights you have endured during college is nothing to what you will go through during flight attendant training. Your wings are not just pinned unto your uniforms, they are earned.
The main purpose of intensive cabin crew training revolves around the safety and security of passengers on board. So let's put it this way. When a bus experiences trouble in the middle of its journey, the driver just pulls over and lets their passengers get-off quickly especially if there is a fire. In an aircraft flying at 40,000ft, the pilot just cannot "pull-over" during trouble and let its passengers out. The safety and security level in an aircraft is very high that even the slightest mistake can be fatal, hence, the kind of training cabin crew members go through.
On the first month, they study their CCOM or Cabin Crew Operations Manual. Each manual is thick of reading materials that it is almost as high as an Iphone 6. Airlines usually provide two of those manuals, sometimes, three. They all have to be read and memorized within just two to three months! They had to endure exams everyday with a passing mark of 90% to 95%! In fact, we think that if every cabin crew applied the same study habit they had during their training to their college life, they would have all been scholars or valedictorians!
This video basically covers what a cabin crew goes through during training. As what I say, the journey to your wings is never easy, but it is definitely worth it.
This article was originally posted on this page last January 10, 2018. It was slightly modified to adapt to today.