Six rules for air hostesses

How does an air hostess’s weight matter ? Of course it’s vital, as any airlines will tell you. Air hostesses must be slim and young and pretty. Never mind if they are not courteous or speak such poor English that they do not understand what “toast” means. That’s not what their job is about anyway.

The Hon’ble (male) judges of the Delhi High Court would agree. The Court thinks that Indian Airlines (or Indian or Air India or whatever they call themselves now) was right to ground five air hostesses because they were overweight. This is what the Hindu reports:

The rules prescribe different weight limits according to their height and age. For an 18-year-old air hostess with a height of 152 cm, the maximum weight permissible is 50 kg while air hostesses in the age group of 26 to 30 and a height of 152 cm, the weight limit is 56 kg.

Of course, Air India itself is very overweight and the Maharajah packs a hefty paunch, but then the Maharajah is not an air hostess.

I had always thought that air hostesses are really a sort of glorified waitress. Except, they are waitresses who don’t depend on customers’ tips for their income, which explains why air hostesses in US airlines are so rude to passengers. But apparently not. Air hostesses must be in the fashion industry. Why else would they have rules saying air hostesses can’t marry, get old or put on weight? I thought such rules were only reserved for models. Also obviously, male stewards are not in the fashion industry. That is why none of these restrictions apply to them.

But why stop at just age and weight? The airlines have other secret rules for air hostesses that explain the quirks in their appearance, behavior and the quality of airline service these days. I have seen these rules in action in the US, and I am sure they exist in India (or Indian). So for readers of this blog, I am letting you into a trade secret that is guarded zealously by the airline industry. I shall tell you the secret rules.

Pic by Huong-Lan

The Six Secret Rules for air hostesses:

Rule 1: Air hostesses should remember that they are, first and foremost, sales persons. They are responsible for selling stale trail mix, cheap headphones and overpriced blankets and pillows. Unfortunately, airlines do not as yet sell water, so air hostesses should refrain from handing out water unless specifically requested by passengers. Even then, they should provide water only in tiny water cups.

Rule 2: All air hostesses should wear high heels that are at least 6 inches high. Heels of five inches may be permitted in special cases, with prior approval. They should sashay through the aisle, rolling carts on high heels, and also use these heels to curb passengers who demand too much attention, like extra cups of water.

Rule 3: Air hostesses should have long fingernails that are at least an inch long. Long fingernails are an important accessory that can be used to dip into cups and discourage use of complimentary drinks by passengers. They can also be used to poke passengers while handing out cups of water and juice.

Rule 4: Make up is very important. Nail polish and lip stick should always be bright red in color. Also, make-up should be applied heavily, so the face looks pale, contrasting with the bright red lipstick. Eyes should be heavily made up. This appearance, when combined with a glare, may scare some of the more timid passengers.

Rule 5: Hair color should be brown on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On all other days, it should be black. Red and orange highlights are recommended.

Rule 6: Air hostesses should give the appearance of smiling at passengers. But genuine smiles are not recommended, in case the passengers get too friendly and request additional cups of water, newspapers or other services currently free.

The airlines take interaction with passengers very seriously. Hidden cameras will be placed above each seat to monitor whether air hostesses chat with passengers or otherwise indulge in courteous behavior. Such behavior can attract disciplinary action. Air hostesses are permitted to be rude to economy class passengers, however, and also to smile in relief, however, when passengers depart the plane.

Perhaps there are more. Certainly the airlines seem to invent a new rule every day, and you just have to open the papers to learn about it. So readers, can you suggest more rules for air hostesses that you have come across?

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  1. Hi i am Sakina Shrestha .my age is 17 and my weight and hight is 42 and 4’11 respectively .Is it enought ?????…….Being an air hostess will fulfiled my childhood dream.

  2. I have a dream to become a air hostess And the rules are correct and I like it… but my colour is not too fair bt still I wnt tu become a air hostess♥♥♥♥

  3. my dream is become an air hostess …
    i want to be an airhostess my quality are :
    i m beatifull and able to be an air hostess.

  4. hello i m anisha …every time I used to see dream about airhostress …. I m just +16 … n dreaming to fly high ….

  5. Hi i am Kavita rathore. My age is 17and my weight and hight is 42 and 5.7 respectively.i have a dream to become a air hostess and the rules r correct nd i like it. My colour is fair nd still i wnt t u become a air hostess…:)

  6. hi i am mohammed faris my ambition is to become an airhostess but recently i knew that the salary will be less and also we cannot work for long as airhostess

  7. i m shreya chawla my height is 5.3 feet nd weight is 46 m nt so fair m i elligble fr air hostess nd tll me hw to fill admsn frm of airhostess.

  8. hi….im Poojitha. My dream is to become an airhostess… 18 yrs old… height is 5’7 nd my weight is 56 nd i use spectacles plz tel me am i fit for this or not

  9. Hi I’m lipika. My height is 5″3 and my weight is 50 kg. I’m 19 year’s old . I’m looking fair and good. I would like to be a air hostess.

    • Dont worry dear.. i am 18 n my height is nearly 5ft.. i am currently persuing my training at frankfinn. Yes earlier there was a height requirement mostly in domestic airlines but now they have come down . Its just to reach the cabinet to help the passangers to put in their luggages.. my friends are currently working with emirates, yemen, indigo, air india, spice jet..the international airlines have reduced their requirements down to 4’7″ height and are recruiting cabin crews on the basis of their interactive skills, face value and over all appeal and appearance ofcrse.. so dont worry dear.. u stand a chance :) is my fb id.. add me there for further information.. al d bst

  10. But i knw that till i m 20 i will have a good height …
    my height is not too short its needs to grow little bit then i will be perfect ….
    i knw after a certain age we cant be an Airhostesss …so after that i will sing song ,,, becum a singer…..

  11. Hello,my name is katie .I wanna be an airhostess,but my hight is 157 ,i’m15yrs. Will i get higher ??.i’ve already got period 3years ago. It hard to get tall .so bad .(i want my dream to be true)

  12. Hi i m 27 yrs and i m really interested working as an airhostess … my height is 5’5″ and weight 55 kgs…i have done MBA in HR …. Am I eligible with my age and qualification…

  13. Hey! This is priyanka. my height and weight are matching the requirements but I’ve got spectacles with power. So am i capable for doing this job?

  14. I want to become an air hostresss I am 19 years old I completed my 10+2 and I interested in this I m beautiful Its my dream…

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