Applying for flight attendant positions requires the applicant to be in excellent physical health. Flight attendants are more susceptible to illnesses because of irregular sleeping patterns, having direct contact with people who may be sick, as well as breathing the recycled air in a pressurized cabin environment.
To show that an applicant is in good physical health and can endure the nature of the job, airlines require a medical examination.
Medical Exam For Flight Attendant Positions?
An applicant for a flight attendant job does not need to have 20/20 vision. Acceptable vision for a flight attendant is 20/40 with glasses or contact lenses. 20/40 means that the flight attendant should be able to see at 20 feet what a person with normal vision can see at 40 feet. While glasses are permitted, some airlines prefer contact lenses. The flight attendant should wear his corrective lenses or glasses while taking the vision test.
Flight attendants experience more work-related injuries and illnesses than other occupations. Most of a flight attendant’s work requires standing. In addition, a flight attendant needs strength and endurance to be able to stow items overhead as well as push and pull heavy carts. Sleeping in a confined space with disruptive patterns can also take its toll on the body. A pre-employment blood test is used as part of the medical examination to determine if an applicant is fit for the job. Eligible applicants will show a healthy blood count to reflect no anemia, infections or HIV.
Diabetes, hypertension, asthma and epilepsy are disqualifying medical conditions.
As a safety measure, applicants will be tested for drugs.
Drugs and alcohol tests will be conducted at random while you fly as crew. Under the law, personnel must be able to perform their job functions without impairment and, therefore, must show a clean drug and alcohol test result before going for duty. Extreme disciplinary actions could be taken against if the test were found positive.
Ascending and descending on a flight can create an imbalance in pressure on the inner ear and make a person dizzy. As part of the pre-employment medical examination, a physician examines the Eustachian tubes of the applicant’s inner ear for any abnormalities, such as a slight outward bulge or inward pull of the eardrum. This is to ensure that the tubes are healthy and have the ability to equalize pressure to avoid dizziness. The medical examiner will also check to see that the applicant’s sinuses can cope with pressure changes. In addition, your hearing capability will be test.
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