What Really Is The Weight Requirement For Flight Attendants?

Weight Requirement For Flight Attendants

Are you scared to apply because you’re not so sure about your weight? You must have heard a lot of rumors that flight attendants should be slim and “sexy”.

Don’t be!

The weight requirement for flight attendants have changed dramatically from how is used to be in the past.

Read along and you’ll know what it is exactly airlines are looking for when it comes to your weight.


Weight Requirement For Flight Attendants

Back in the day, the weight requirement to be a flight attendant was that of a supermodel. But airlines have evolved – mostly as a result of very expensive discrimination lawsuits. 😛

Today, airlines simply ask that your weight is proportional to your height.

I know what you’re thinking, what does weight proportional to height really mean?


First, use this calculator to figure out what your ideal body weight should be based on your height and gender.

Does your current weight fall within the range of the proposed ideal body weight?

If yes, then you qualify!

In simple words, weight proportional to height merely means that your weight should fall within range of your ideal body weight based on your height.

You don’t have to be thin or slim. But you do have to be – and look – healthy and fit.

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… it is more important to be in good shape than to look like a super model. Airlines need people with the necessary strength to open emergency doors, the agility to attend to passengers in sometimes cramped working conditions, and the stamina to survive 16-hour days. An overweight or out-of-shape person may not have the necessary strength, agility or stamina to perform. – airlinecareer.com


I hope this has cleared many of your questions about the weight requirement to be a flight attendant.

All the best and see you in the skies!  🙂


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54 thoughts on “What Really Is The Weight Requirement For Flight Attendants?

  1. Shakila Saiful

    Well, let me just add on a little to for your info. Those flight attendant that you saw as fat and not that really tall has been working for years and serving their company for a really long time. Many of them even have family of their own and children too. I bet when they just apply for that job they’re nothing like you described. But yea, as time moves on so does the body. Nothing is forever honey. There’s a reason tho why airline has a minimum height requirement.. just imagine a miniature woman trying to close all the compartments before takeoff, trying to reach something from the standard unit located at top galley. Trying to get things done fast but can’t cause having trouble reaching something, and most important during crowd control. You need a specific strength and height for that or else you’re just gonna get pushed away. This is why height requirement is important and coming from a flight attendant myself I know it is.

  2. Abantika Chattopadhyay

    Hey sweetheart!
    Just don’t give up!
    Apply! Apply! Apply!
    You’ve all the skills trust me. And you’ll be flying soon. Just don’t get demotivated! You’re gorgeous, near future flight attendant!

  3. Federica 恵美 Cillani

    You’re right in fact I had to reach and take in my hand the handle of a luggage in a fake headlockers without shoes and with my feet fixed on the ground and I’ve done, but they want that my hand was clanched at the handle…. just this.

  4. Daryl Atatado

    Height does it matter.This requires you to be able to reach emergency equipment which is stowed in possibly difficult to reach locations e.g. at the back of an over head locker or in a cupboard above head height. Also as crew you need to demonstrate that you can open a large and heavy aircraft door in a normal operating and closing action as well as in an emergency situation. During a flight you are constantly expected to open and close over head lockers to secure the aircraft pre-take off, during the flight and before landing, this is a common every day duty as cabin crew and if you cannot reach the lockers unfortunately you will not meet the correct criteria to be cabin crew.

  5. Federica 恵美 Cillani

    I didn’t pass the assessments because of my height (just for 2 centimeters) even in low cost companies, but I saw many fat (and not so tall than me) flight attendants working for the same companies that had refused me…. I think that cabin crew must be tall BUT ALSO dynamic and nimble especially in emergency situations. They should have a good physical condition because working as a cabin crew is very hard and people who don’t have a right weight, usually don’t have also a good strength to carry on that kind of work.

    I’m 155 cm and 49kg, I can speak 4 languages and I have also matured experiences in customer service. So what’s wrong with me?

  6. I Heart Cabin Crew

    Just to make things clear, there are weight restrictions for the flight attendant position. This article is for you to know whether you fall within the weight limits. 🙂

  7. I Heart Cabin Crew

    Your health is more important. Don’t loose too much weight just for a job and then get sick. I agree with you. It’s not right that they let you go despite of your condition. 🙁

  8. I Heart Cabin Crew

    I know how you feel Megan Rae Jonker. But according your height, your ideal weight is 56kg…I’m sure you look so fit and awesome now that you lost over 22kg!! Congratulations!!!

  9. Megan Rae Jonker

    I had to loose 22kg to qualify for an airline in the middle east… and when I lost it all and weighed 62kg, a competing airline told me to loose 10kg more to qualify for them…
    Ps: I am 165 tall!!!


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