By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Too small not be a cabin crew? Well, not for Republic Airlines flight attendant Wahini Moana Begin, who actually flies for three colors. Republic Airlines provides regional and short hop services for United Express, American Eagle, and Delta Connect using a fleet of Embraer E170 and 175 aircraft. Hence, FA Wahini carries three uniforms with her. Despite being successful in achieving her dream, things did not start out smoothly to this once cabin crew aspirant.
Wahini had always wanted to be a flight attendant, but people would discourage her. On her Facebook timeline where she shared her story, Wahini shared that people says "what? you want to be a Flight Attendant? how about your height?" Standing 5-feet flat, people will really think that it is totally impossible for her to be a cabin crew because of the general notion that all airlines have height requirements.
Airlines may or may not have requirements. Most local airlines in the Philippines have a minimum height requirement for females of 5 feet 3 inches. Middle East airlines do not have a height but have an arm reach requirement. Height or arm reach requirements of an airline are based on the type of aircraft an airline operates.
Despite the discouragement and doubt, Wahini still pursued her dream to be a cabin crew. "A lot of people didn't believe in me and I'm glad I'm not one of them. I kept on believing in one thing and one thing only; there is absolutely no height requirement for success," she said on her Facebook post.
Applying at the age of 20, Wahini didn't stop. After going through 2 legacy airlines and one regional, she finally received her wings at Republic Airlines.
What makes flying for Republic Airlines more interesting is Wahini gets to wear 3 uniforms, Delta Connect, United Express, and American Eagle, all major regional airlines in the United States.
To give hope to all who want to be flight attendants, Wahini says, "To all 5 feet tall people out there, OUR DREAMS ARE VALID and please keep in mind that no one has the right to tell us our limits because we have unlimited potential, just continue to work hard, trust the process and most importantly keep your faith burning."
So to all our aspiring cabin crew, research is very important. While there are airlines who require a minimum height of 5'3" for females and 5'5" for males, there are some who require minimum arm reach in place of minimum height. There are also some airlines outside the Philippines that accept 5'0" tall people. It is a matter of finding out who they are and passing the minimum requirements. Last but not least, if you really want to be a flight attendant, want it with all your life.
Wahini proved that our weakness can actually be our strength, and for her, this strength came after people thought she was too small to be a flight attendant.