This is a list of 11 worries I compiled from all the questions and emails I get on a daily basis from my readers.

Some of these questions and worries may be things that are in the mind of the vast majority of people, while some others may be something you are considering for the first time as you are reading this article. As with every worry, it all comes down to confidence and how we each perceive ourselves.


The age requirement published by the airlines only covers the minimum age. You must be at least 21 years old for the application to be considered valid. This is considered the age of majority in the Middle East.
What about the upper age limit?
In some countries where recruitment agencies handle the pre-screening, an upper age limit is published. In many countries, this is an illegal requirement. I have readers who worry they are too old at 25, 32 or 38. They all ask “what age is too old?” This has nothing to do with their actual date of birth, but more with how they perceive this matter and more importantly how they perceive themselves. If you think that being older means you have more experience and maturity, this question doesn’t even pop into your mind. If however, you think of this job strictly from the “looks” perspective, you might start worrying.
So let me ask you this:

Where are you in your life? Are you trying to reinvent yourself? Are you planning to change your career path completely? Would this be a reasonable plan if you were aiming at a different industry?

What if you worked all your life in IT and now you want to become an interior designer? Or you are a florist who wants to be a civil engineer? What are the odds? Extend the same thinking process to the cabin crew career.

For the airlines in the Middle East, you have a chance to be hired as a cabin crew in your late 20s, early 30s, late 30s and even early 40s. During the interview, you have to demonstrate the ability to deliver extraordinary customer service, willingness to learn and wisdom to know when to apply your skills and talents. But the most pressing issues for the airlines when considering older candidates are:

How will you be able to cope with the reality that your in-flight manager is probably younger than you? Would you resist or contribute?

Are you physically able to cope with the long hours, irregular schedule and demanding conditions? Would you continue to be in good health or become a medical insurance liability?

How would it feel for you to have a flatmate with the energy, hobbies, and passions of a 21-year-old? Would you have conflicts, ask to be moved and continuously complain or get along together?

These are valid issues, and an employer wants to take all precautions to minimize probabilities of complications for their staff later on.

2. Weight and height

You must be at least 160cm to apply, with a vertical arm reach (without shoes) of 212cm.
Etihad Airways
The minimum requirement is only a vertical arm reach of 210cm. No height requirement is published.
Qatar Airways
When applying online with Qatar Airways, the question of your height being at least 157.5cm comes up. However, it is not published as a minimum height rule for the Open Day candidates. The vertical arm reach must be 212cm on tiptoes.

All three airlines use BMI to calculate a normal proportion of weight and height. As long as your BMI falls between the normal ranges, you will be fine.
Click here to calculate your BMI.

3. Beauty

This topic comes up a lot, and it is masked by particular questions related to the body parts which make the person feel less secure: teeth, hair, skin, etc.

The question everybody wants to ask is: “Do I have to look like a supermodel to get this job?” But actually, the underlying question is “Am I good enough?”

Read here the 8 tips to become confident for the Cabin Crew Interview.

To answer more specific questions in the beauty realm:
Teeth – Your teeth must be clean, cavity free and your smile pleasant. Dental perfection is not a requirement. Crowns and implants are allowed as long as the visible ones look natural. Braces are not allowed. Visible gold teeth and dental tattoos are not permitted. You smile must be pleasant, and this is the only requirement.
Hair – Any length of hair is acceptable if you can style it neatly and business-like for the interview.
Braids and weaves are allowed, but they must be neatly styled and adequately kept.
The grooming regulations are different for each airline, and you will learn about them once you are hired, but for the interview, these are the expectations.
For men, a completely bald head is not acceptable as a choice of hairstyle. If you have a medical condition that causes you to lose hair, that is fine; otherwise, it must be neatly cut and styled. Facial hair is not accepted.
Skin – For any medical issues related to your skin such as excessive dryness, acne, redness, you must first seek a specialist’s opinion. Makeup can do wonders for covering up what needs to be covered up, but porcelain skin is once again, not one of the minimum requirements.

4. Location

]Wherever you are in the world, if your passport allows you to travel freely to all the airline destinations (with or without visas), you have a chance to be hired.
Interviews, however, are not organized in all countries. The following factors dictate the decision for the airline to recruit in a certain country:
Current number of cabin crew from the country
All airlines pride themselves on the diversity of their crew. If there are large numbers of cabin crew from your country already employed with the airline, it will be less likely for them to look to add even more crew from that location.
Each airline aims to have at least one native language speaker for each destination they fly to. For example, if a new destination is launched to Finland, they will be looking to hire cabin crew able to speak Finnish.
General level of English
Some countries have large numbers of people studying and speaking English fluently. This makes the location more likely to be visited for interviews.

So if your country is not visited often, or at all, here are your options:
Emirates and Etihad – You can apply online for an assessment day. If your online application is shortlisted, you will be offered a list of locations in your country or nearby locations. All the expenses incurred by your participation in any recruitment event should be supported solely by you. None of the airlines will reimburse your costs.
Qatar Airways – The airline organizes mostly CV drop off events and Open days where it is not compulsory you pre-register online or obtain an invitation. You must be willing and able to travel to these locations at your own cost as your application must be submitted in person.

5. Medical Issues

There is a long list of medical conditions which might prevent candidates from successfully passing the medical test. Once again, each airline is different, but the common sense rule is:
-you must be free of any transmittable disease and
-whatever condition you have, it must not interfere with your daily life.
I know this is a broad description, but it pretty much covers the basics.
For example, if you have chronic back pain, it interferes with your daily life, and it will affect your job performance. Severe motion sickness is once again an example of a condition not accepted by the airlines.
This part of the article should not be used as an example or medical advice. You must discuss your health concerns with a qualified aviation doctor.

6. Tattoos and Piercings

Tattoos have become very common. However, body art is not appreciated in this industry. If you want to be a flight attendant, you must be ink free in the following areas of your body: arms, legs, neck, face. If you are considering laser treatment to remove your tattoos, you should not be hoping the recruiters will see what a great potential you have and then start pursuing the removal once you are hired.

You should not participate in an interview before your tattoo is fully removed.

The only visible piercings allowed are ear piercings (one in each ear) and earrings for ladies. No piercings and jewelry wearing for men are permitted.
If you have piercings in your nose, lip or eyebrows and there is no visible hole when you remove the jewelry, then it is all fine. You must be willing to remove the jewelry from your facial piercings.
If your ears are not pierced, you should not pierce them to get the job. It is not required.

7. Scars and Birthmarks

Scars can be from chicken-pox marks, stitches, cuts or burns.
If you have any marks on your face, neck, arms or legs, you need to see if they can be concealed with make-up, masked by hair or hid under pantyhose.
If you can do that, the scars should not be a problem.
If you are a man, then you only have to worry about your face, neck, and hands, as the uniform consists of a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Men are not allowed to put on make-up while wearing the uniform, so the standards are more rigid here.
Scars can fade in time with laser treatments or by using ointments such as BioOil.
Small birthmarks are fine. Larger or darker ones must not be visible while wearing the uniform.
Some airlines have stricter grooming regulations and prefer to hire candidates strictly without any scars or birthmarks. It is a subjective area.

8. Languages

The only language requirement is fluency in English. If you can converse in any other language, it is a great advantage. This is the case especially if the airlines operate flights to destinations where the language is used.
You are not required to speak Arabic; however, if you do, it is considered an advantage.

9. Marital status and kids

This is another hot topic. There are many rumors and preconceptions regarding this, and it mostly has to do with the contract that is being offered. It is called a single status contract because the benefits offered by the airline, such as free accommodation and transport, medical insurance, life insurance, annual leave ticket and much more are being offered only to you, the employee. Your spouse or children are not part of this contract. Hence they can’t live in the company provided accommodation or have life insurance paid by the airline.
This, however, doesn’t mean you will not be hired if you have a spouse or children. It only means that if you want your spouse and children to relocate as well, you will be responsible for all the arrangements that need to be done. Applying for housing allowance and sponsoring their residence visa might not be possible in the first six months of probation.

Being married shouldn’t interfere with how you perform at your work, regardless which work that is.

10. Previous Experience

Emirates requires at least one year of experience in the hospitality or customer service sectors.
For Etihad and Qatar Airways, you do not need to have any previous experience in an airline or any prior work experience at all.
Customer service experience is considered an advantage because during the interview you will be able to provide answers and demonstrate that you already practiced some of the skills required for the job.
You can be hired straight out of school, in which case the interview questions will be focused on your experience with colleagues at school, exam pressure, professors or conflict management.

11. Flight Attendant Certificate

To become a qualified flight attendant for any of the airlines in the Middle East, you must be trained in their aviation academies and pass all the required the exams to obtain a Flight Attendant License from the local Civil Aviation Authority.

A flight attendant license obtained in your country is not required, and it can’t be considered a valid document to operate flights in another country.

Don’t waste your resources on private cabin crew courses. Unless the course teaches you how to be successful at the interview with the specific airline you want to work for, it will not be relevant information.

This is a top 11 worries that I compiled from all the questions and emails I get on a daily basis from my readers. If you have anything to add that was not covered, you can add a comment below, and you will receive an answer within three days.

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    90 replies to "11 Worries Stopping You from Reaching Your Cabin Crew Dream"

    • Garima

      I have very deep cut marks over my wrist.. Can I hide them with make up and go for the interview?

      • Kara

        If they can be concealed, then yes. It also depends on the airline Garima. Some are really strict with their grooming regulations.

    • Jaira Mae

      Hi ate Kara.Im just only Grade ten from now.But i want to ba a F.A someday.My worry is.I have a scars.But my height is 162 from now.It is possible that i can get my dream?

      • Kara

        Well Jaira, I’m so happy you are starting to research this career so early.
        The first issue is that as long as you can conceal your imperfections using makeup, everything should be fine. You will not be inspected head to toe using a magnifying glass.
        Don’t forget that confidence is an inner state. Believing in yourself and knowing that you have so much to offer puts you half-way through on the road to success.
        The minimum height required is 160cm, so you are fine there.
        But also, you should keep in mind that your focus should be on learning soft skills, such as team-work, customer service mindset, problem-solving, prioritizing, and cultural awareness. Yes, your appearance is important, but there are many other important aspects that must be considered.
        I hope this helps you 🙂
        Keep up the good research and practice!

    • smit gala

      I have a mole on face which is visiible could it be acceptable for becoming cabin crew i am now 18

      • Kara

        If it’s not very visible, you should be fine. Your age, however, is not. You must be minimum 21 years old to apply for Qatar, Emirates or Etihad.

        All the best Gala!

    • sukriti

      I have cut mark on my face can it create problem in cabin crew job

      • Kara

        Is it very visible? Can it be concealed with makeup?

    • Aiswarya

      I have self harmscar on my hand i had joinedto study aviation at the first selection i hide it but now in am scared about it what can i do now & i can work as groundstaff

      • Kara

        Hi Aiswarya,

        For the airlines, grooming regulations are quite strict in regards to scars visible while wearing a short-sleeved blouse. For ground staff, they are different, however, I am unable to provide you with their exact requirements. Here at Flight Attendant Central, we are only discussing the cabin crew position.
        I’m sorry I can’t help you more.

    • misrak

      Hi kara my whole life i have been dreaming of cabin crew job i try to apply but i was not successful my pepper is grade 10 and i have some short term courses certificate including cabin crew course! Am i qualified with the peppers or i have to take another course? And what could make me successful?

      • Kara

        Hi Misrak. Your first concern is obtaining a high school (Grade 12) Diploma. That is one of the minimum requirements and nobody who doesn’t meet the minimum requirements will be considered regardless of any other additional courses or certificates.
        All the best!

    • Mohamad gous tambak

      Hey I have a overbite teeth is it any problem ??????
      please guide me

      • Kara

        Hi Mohamad,

        Your teeth must be clean and cavity free and your smile pleasant. Dental perfection is not one of the minimum requirements.
        Don’t forget that confidence is an inner state.

    • Lily

      Hi Kara,
      I’m 36 and wear a hijab. I’ve been told I look younger than my age and get mistaken for being in my mid twenties.
      My main question is, is hijab allowed in Emirates airline?
      I know you can wear trousers and etc, but wanted to know if that is allowed.
      Thank you

      • Kara

        Hi Lily,

        The hijab is not allowed in Emirates for cabin crew. You can wear it as a ground staff.
        The only airline accepting hijab is Saudi Arabian.

        Good luck!

    • Funto

      Hi Kara, thanks for the article. But I have a cut on my elbow, will that reduce my chances of becoming an air hostess?

      • Kara

        If it’s not very visible, you should be fine.

    • sweta chhetri

      Hi,I want to try for airlines nd i hv cavity in my teeth but the front teeth is better with a good smile.but i also have acne scars on my face nd some pigmentation but this month im consulting the specialist to remove scar nd patches.Will i try?

      • Kara

        I don’t know Sweta. Will you try?

    • Aishwarya

      I had put cap over my front teeth. it means artificial teeth in order to fill gaps between teeth.. my teeth looks normal n it is not necessary to remove those teeth. is this a issue ?

      • Kara

        As long as they look natural, you are fine.

    • Gladys

      Hi Kara, I have a question, how can your vision affect at the moment of the interview? I wear glasses because I have a high diopter, will that be a problem? Thanks in advance.

      • Kara

        Hi Gladys, to become a cabin crew, you can have your vision corrected by contact lenses. These guidelines should also be followed for the interview.

    • Kamo

      Thank you so much for the questions asked and they helpful answers
      I had doubts of attending the OD which is this Saturday because my teeth aren’t perfect (I have two gaps on the sides but with bright white teeth and a fairly good smile now I have the confidence to attend and let whatever happens happen. It will be an experience on its own

      • Kara

        What an awesome attitude Kamo!

    • Meriame

      Hey Kara…Can I still be a flight attendant even if I have some acne spot in my left cheek ?

      • Kara

        As long as you can conceal the spots using makeup, you should be fine 🙂

    • Chriselda

      Hi kara I really want to join the cabin crew I’m 18 turning 19 in October and the only problem that I have is with my gold teeth so can you please give me advise on what to do because I read that visible tattoos,piercings and gold teeth are not permitted.

      • Kara

        Airlines in the Middle East do not accept candidates with visible gold teeth. Also, the minimum age to apply is 21, so you still have coupe of years of waiting to do

    • srivatsava

      Hi, I have some chicken pox scars in my face .It’s my dream to be a flight attendant .Is it possible for me to be a flight attendant.

      • Kara

        If you can conceal your marks using makeup, you should be fine.

    • Sarswati

      Hi I have cut mark on my arm is there any possibility of my selection.i want to be a cabin crew

      • Kara

        It really depends on how big and visible it is.

    • sakshi

      Hey.. I just got my eyesight corrected through lasik treatment a month back. Now I have a 6/6 I eligible to apply for cabin crew?

      • Kara


    • Kath Buencamino

      What if i didn’t declare my scar on my right leg? it is below my knee. should i need to declare it or just conceal it?

      • Kara

        You should always be truthful Kath. But of the scar is soo small it can almost not be noticed, you don’t have to declare it. But if it’s visible, then you should always tell the truth.

    • Mattia

      Hi Kara!
      And how about epatitis b? Unfortunately I realised to nave it after sending my applicati in… Now I fell gold, I’m under control, taking medicine that stops the disease. Bit can I still dreaming ti fly?

      • Kara

        Mattia, unfortunately you will not qualify for a residence visa if you test positive for Hepatitis B. I’m sorry.

    • Atessa

      Thank you!

    • Maria

      Hi kara!,

      I just want to know if its possible to be a cabin crew with a mole on the face..i was thinking that it might be the problem why i dont even have the chance to be part of any airlines. Im having a mole on my cheek and its totally black.

      • Kara

        Hi Maria,

        It actually depends on how it looks and how noticeable it is. Most airlines wouldn’t mind, however there are some for which grooming is an extremely strict part of their brand.
        All you need to do is apply and see what the outcome is.
        Good luck!

    • Annita

      Hi Kara,i must say am very impressed with ur unselfish love you show us by providing us with such information.May God bless u dear.Me am Athmatic but I know how to take care of myself rather my situation.So do I stand a chance to to be given the job after providing my medical reports n they notice my problem

      • Kara

        Do you mean you suffer from asthma Annita?

      • Annita

        Yes Kara but it’s not sivere,not the dangerous attacks,where by if am to get an attack I will first feel it then when I take my medicine I get well with a simple rest.And in most cases if I don’t tell am Asthmatic u will never know,because it always comes just like flu and cough…so my dear do I have a chance to have the job or I just quit.Thanks alot Kara may God bless u

        • Kara

          Before I say anything else, I want to remind you that I am not an aviation doctor and so my opinion is not in any way an official response.
          As far as I am aware, you can be hired as a cabin crew if you have asthma as long as it is well controlled by medication approved by an aviation doctor.
          Good luck 🙂

    • Veronica

      Hi Kara !

      I want to apply for Etihad cabin crew job. They will ask me about 2 service letters. But if I’ve worked in one place more 2 years i can provide only one? Because my previous company was broke and i can’t ask them for letter.

      So, one letter would be ok?

      Thank’s Kara !

      • Kara

        Yes Veronica, the Etihad recruitment team will tell you what documents to submit if your particular case doesn’t match the standard. Don’t worry about it.

      • Annita

        Thanks alot Kara dear,I was on the virtual of giving it all away,but atleast now I have all the hopes.May God bless u And thanks again

        • Kara

          Anytime Annita!

    • Frankie Baliwag Garde Jr.

      Can I still be a flight attendant even if I have a mild color blindness? Hoping for your response ASAP

      • Kara

        Hi Frankie. Would you be able to pass an Ishihara test?

    • Anna

      Hi Kara!

      I have some question. Since i was small i have problems with the thyroid gland (the nodal formation).I checked it every year so far so good . I feel also good.
      Kara how you think it can stop me to become a cabin crew?

      Thank you!

      • Kara

        It is acceptable if it’s well controlled, Anna. This, however, can only be established by an aviation doctor. I hope this helps you.

    • Eve

      I have nothing to say apart from singing for you be blessed be be blessed be blessed just be blessed and be blessed dear Kara

      • Kara

        Thank you Eve.

        • joseph

          I lost my molar teeth on the left side do you think i can be a cabin crew

          • Kara

            If you have a visible gap when you smile, you should see a dentist. Otherwise, you should be fine,

    • leticia

      Hi Kara

      I have low blood pressure will it affect my application for cabin crew ?

      • Kara

        Do you need to take any medicine for this condition and does it affect your daily life Leticia?

    • Amealizah

      Hello Kara,
      Thanks for this article, really helpful.
      I have a question regarding birth marks. I have this mole on my right cheek, its not that big and not too small, do I still have a chance?

      • Kara

        Yes Amealizah, you should be fine.

        • Amealizah

          Hi Kara, thankyou for replying 😊😊

    • Anna

      Hello Kara, i need some clarify, scoliosis is acceptable for working for aeroline?

      • Kara

        It depends on the Cobbs angle. How much is yours?

        • Anna

          I think about plus or minus 20 degrees

          • Kara

            The information I have is that an acceptable level of scoliosis is anything less than 30 degrees.
            This, however, is not coming from an official source. Flight Attendant Central is not an airline and we are not medical professionals. You can only know this for sure once you discuss your situation directly with an airline medical representative.

    • Veronica

      Kara , how do you think if i’m 29 years old i have less chance of being hired to work than others who are younger or same chances?
      My second question is , b2 english level enough for successful completion AD?

      • Kara

        That’s not true Veronica. I have readers in their late 30s who were hired.
        As far as English proficiency, you need to be fluent.

    • Gracious

      hi Mam Kara,l do meet all the minimum requirements to be a cabin crew member,but my only worry is that l have freckles on my face.Is there a problem with that?thanks Mam,ur response will be much of help and appreciated.

      • Kara

        Gracious, freckles are fine as long as you can conceal them with makeup.

    • Emma

      I really love this info .
      Im only 18 yrs old turning 19 … my dream is to be part of cabin crew… i really want to be a flight stewardess .. i have pleasant smile but my teeth .. they are not complete .. but my front teeth when i smile is okay .. what advice can you give me .. ? Im preparing for this . By the way im 3rd year college studying business administration.. thankyou 🙂

      • Kara

        As I said in the article Emma, dental perfection is not a minimum requirement. Your teeth must be clean and cavity free and your smile pleasant. Go and see a dentist and see if there is anything that can be done. I suspect it might affect your confidence level.

    • Hajar

      Hi Kara !
      My dream since childhood is to become a cabin crew , my only worry is that i’m not 160cm but I my arms can reach 212cm easly , is that will be a problem ?
      Thank u

      • Kara

        It’s not a problem for Qatar and Etihad, but if you want to apply for Emirates you must be minimum 160cm.

    • jusen

      am too much worried abot dat am too skinny,and my bmi is just okei,nd my legs hve some scars also,is this is any problem and my arms reach only 211.5 cm,

      • Kara

        If your BMI is within normal limits, you are fine.
        As for your legs, the scars shouldn’t be visible while wearing skin colored pantyhose.
        Your arm reach must be 212cm if you want to apply for Qatar or Emirates, 210cm if you want to apply for Etihad.

    • Joyce

      Hi Kara,
      Thanks for your answer and for renewing my hope of what was a childhood dream. Am feeling so positive ever since I landed on this blog. Your advice is very succinct and just what I so much needed. Am going for it now no matter the obstacles. Thanks again and remain blessed.

      • Kara

        Positive vibes your way Joyce. All the best!

    • Mirshal Azeez

      Can boys apply to be a flight attendant or to be in the cabin crew ?
      If yes, what are the requirements ?

      • Kara

        Absolutely Mirshal. The requirements are exactly the same. You can find them on the official careers page of the airline you are interested to join.

    • Joyce

      Hi Kara,
      Thanks for the answers you give so very beautifully. Kindly let me know if a missing toe nail or nails but completely healed would be considered as medical unfitness. Would one need to declare such to the recruitment team if their application were successful? Thanks in advance.

      • Kara

        What do you mean by missing toe nail but completely healed Joyce? Do you still have the nail?
        For the feet it shouldn’t be a problem, but for the hands you shouldn’t have any major visible defects.

    • TIN-TIN

      Hi Kara!

      Thanks for the article it helps me to boost my confident in applying in an F.A position. Actually I’ve already submitted my cv in one of the airlines here in Middle East.I already passed their online assessment and now I’m proceeding in the next stage which is their online interview.
      I’m just quite worried of my teeth. Just want to ask if does teeth really matters in applying with this position? what if my lower teeth is not complete.. is denture allowed?

      thanking you in advance.
      More Power

      • Kara


        Dental perfection is not one of the minimum requirements to become a flight attendant. If you have a pleasant smile and your teeth are clean and cavity free you should be fine. Good luck!

    • Esther

      Hi Kara,
      Thanks for the article. I have always wanted to be a cabin crew ever since i was young but life got in the way of my dreams. This has renewed my hope to start working on myself again and build my cv so i can apply hopefully by next year. Wish me luck

      • Kara

        Fingers crossed for you Esther 🙂

    • asia bano

      I’m asia shabbir …I want to apply as cabin crew ….my age is 28 can I?

      • Kara

        Of course Asia. Re-read the article above.

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