Are You Tall Enough To Be Cabin Crew?

Being a cabin crew is one of the most competitive professions nowadays and the job requirements that need to be met are many. One of them – your height and weight.

Height is very important and is closely related to the safety aspect of the job.

The aircraft’s safety and survival equipment is located in overhead compartments or in lower level deep storages, that is why you are required to have an extended arm reach to be able to grab that equipment.

For that reason, many airlines (particularly those in the Middle East) came up with a minimum arm reach requirement.

If you want to fly for Emirates Airlines or Qatar Airways, you must reach at least 212 cm high and be at least 160 cm tall (Emirates only) . Etihad’s cabin crew must reach 210 cm high while Fly Dubai’s candidates must have a minimum height of 158 cm.

The Reach Test is one of the first given during every interview and is eliminatory for the candidates who cannot reach the minimum limit of each airline.

Recruiters ask the ladies to remove their shoes during the reach test, while gentlemen can keep their shoes on. You can stand on your toes and stretch one of your arms fully above your head to reach the mark placed on one of the walls in the interview room.

If you’ve reached the 210 or 212 cm marking, you’re continuing to the next stage of the interview.

When it comes to weight, the general requirement says “weight in proportion to height”. But what does that mean?

The charts below will help you understand if your weight and height are within the ideal, healthy limits or if you are slightly above or below it.

Calculating your body mass index (BMI), which indicates whether your weight is indeed in proportion to your height, is a bit of a complicated task. :) The good news is you don’t have to do it yourself.

You can simply enter your weight and height in the calculator below and find out what your BMI indicator is.

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For Cabin Crew the general guideline is

  • if you are a lady, your ideal BMI would be anywhere between 19 and 21
  • if you are a gentleman, your ideal BMI would be anywhere between 22 and 25

If you aren’t within these limits and want to understand what does your result mean, here are the World Health Organisation values:

  • If your BMI is less than 18.4, you are underweight for your height.
  • If your BMI is between 18.5 – 24.9, you are at an ideal weight for your height.
  • If your BMI is between 25 – 29.9, you are overweight for your height.
  • If your BMI is between 30 – 39.9, you are obese.

It is good to understand that being at your ideal weight is very important for your health rather than beauty reasons.

During the interview, the recruiters will not make any calculations :) and will only assess your height/weight proportion by looking at you. An off-ratio proportion will be visible to the naked eye and recruiters can easily assess whether you are overweight or would look just perfect in the airline’s uniform.

If you need to loose or gain a couple of pounds to make sure you make the cut, start early before your interview to have enough time to reach your ideal weight target. It is hard work, but a small price to pay for a job that will open the window to the world and will offer so many perspectives for a wonderful future.

Stay fit and healthy in order to pass your cabin crew interview and have an enjoyable experience once you’ve earned your wings.

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