Flight Attendant Training FAQs

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Hi! I’m back with another flight attendant training information post. This is for those who are attending or want to attend flight attendant training. I compiled all the questions I have been asked via email or that I had when I began my FA journey. I wanted to give answers to these questions and provide you with more information on what to expect, how to prepare, and other things you may need to know on this adventure. So here goes…

  1. What is training like?    Training is difficult, emotional, rewarding, quick, and intense. You will make great friends but you may also meet people that challenge you in new ways. You will have highs and lows. You will feel so privileged to be where you are.  Enjoy every moment of it and make the most of it. I often regret wishing time away to move on to other things. Training is no exception to that.
  2. Describe the quality of life during training. Training  consists of 8-10 hour days (more 10 than 8). You will be waking up super early and sometimes late for your report time. Be sure to get lots of sleep, like prioritize sleep. You are responsible for your own food when you train with my airline (except mornings when the hotel serves breakfast). The hotel is really nice and rooms get cleaned every day. The hotel has quite a few amenities (not that you will have time to use them) including gym, hot tub, pool, printing station, and laundry onsite and in some units which makes it free.
  3. Is my airline the right one for me? How do I choose an airline? Choose an airline that is a good fit for you. I chose my airline based on things I heard from others. I never heard a single bad review and that really spoke to me. Then when I got to training, everything felt right. The rules were fairly strict, but there was a family feeling among staff and I felt valued by leadership. Those are factors that are important to me in choosing any company to start a career with.
  4. What can I wear during training?  Modesty is key. no cleavage, not too much leg, nothing risque’. Just keep it classy and modest.
  5. What should I bring to training that is not listed? I was really glad I brought a few snacks that I can only get a my local grocer from home. I also brought tupperware which was really helpful and saved me some $$$. I wish I had brought different clothing that was appropriate for the weather. I didn’t know it would be so cold so fast in Salt Lake City. I looked up weather averages for that city before packing but they are averages, not to be mistaken for actual forecasts for the month.
  6. How can I prepare for training? Save money, study your packet once received, know the rules in your packet well, and do your research.
  7. When will I get my uniforms? I received mine during the last week and a half of training.
  8. Will I be paid during training? Depends on your airline. At my airline, I was paid twice during training.
  9. What are the benefits like and when do they start? If you work for a regional airline, you will have benefits with multiple carriers for yourself and maybe even your parents, spouse, children, and travel companions of your choosing. Benefits start toward the end of training and can be used to travel home if you work with my airline.
  10. Best advice for those going to training?  From some of my classmates: Be ready to be tired and work hard, Go to bed early and pay attention in class, remember why you’re here on stressful days, stay positive, stay focused, work hard, don’t go out, do your own thing, don’t get caught up in social stuff, and drink water.
  11. How much money do I need? There is no ideal answer but having 1,000 dollars saved for during and after training is not a bad idea. Having money saved makes finding a living arrangement in your new base a lot easier after training.
  12. What was the hardest part of training?   For myself, it was bouncing back and staying motivated after failing a test or not doing so great on a test.
  13. Are relationships possible to maintain during training? Yes with a supportive partner and a will to succeed.
  14. Is training hard? In what way? Yes and no, see above questions and answers. Nothing is too hard for anyone, you got this!
  15. When will I learn my base? I got my base on the third to last day of training.

 

If you have more questions you would like to see answered, please go to the contact page and shoot me an email. I will do my best to answer all emails and maybe even make another post like this one.

Please comment on whether this was helpful to you.

See you in the friendly skies.

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Day 17: If You Think You Can, You Can.

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I was waiting for the perfect day to update you on my training experience and today felt right for so many reasons. Two people left training today. 39 of us came here with a purpose, a story, a goal, and it hurts to see people forced to abandon the journey and take another path. I think we all came here for something and will leave better, newer, and most will leave with their flight attendant wings. But the reality set in today that some really great people would leave without the job.

It was super important for me to share the last 8 days with you because it’s important that you understand that everything doesn’t go perfectly and life is not about succeeding every single time. It’s about the triumph, and timing, and hard work, having a good attitude, and seeing things through even when it’s hard. In the last week I have cried 5 times (lost count actually), failed a test (passed the retake), doubted myself more than ever, been extremely confident in my abilities, and actually realized “I’m doing this for real” AND booked my first FREE flight (my flight home in two weeks).

So I’m in the middle of the hardest part of training, emergency procedures. It is important for me to mention that I failed a drill because I felt really down on myself and self doubt started to creep in immediately which made it even harder for me to pass that particular drill. You can breathe a sigh of relief now because I did end up passing on my final attempt. I believe that things happen for a reason and that people have purposes. If I can help anyone in any way, I am fulfilled.  I say that because I want to leave you with this…If you think you can’t, then you can’t. If you think something is too hard, then it is. Failure is ONLY in the mind. Whatever you think you can do, is what you can do. Whatever doubt you have in yourself will show and manifest itself in your life. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Believe you can and you can. This applies to EVERYTHING.

See you in the friendly skies.

Flight Attendant Training: My Very First Week…Kinda (Days 1-9)

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I am writing this from Day 9 of training, my day OFF! It’s so crazy to think that a month ago I was anxiously waiting for my first day of flight attendant training and now I’m on day 9 out of 31!

So I want to catch you up on what has happened thus far since I’ve been in Salt Lake City, Utah and some things I’ve learned since I’ve been on the “other side”.

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Above: The cute Clarks mentioned in my previous post =)

First of all, I love being in training for this amazing “job”. Like, I’m gonna be a flight attendant for real, if everything goes as planned for the next 22 days.

I got here last Wednesday and got assigned a suite with 2 other people. It’s a 2 bedroom suite with 2 beds and a pullout sofa which definitely made for some interesting introductions. My first day here, I just literally had to pick my jaw up off of the floor to take in the beauty of the first real mountains I’ve ever seen. Salt Lake is not really what I expected, but beautiful still. I was surprised that it is not a huge city and doesn’t seem to have much going on socially (especially with all the restrictions on alcohol), thus far (unless I’m missing the whole picture which could totally be possible).

Days 1-9 have included two trips Walmart, two exams (which I passed, yay!), some cool hands on stuff with aircraft emergency equipment, a uniform fitting ( I live for my future flight attendant uniform!), and a few great nights with some new people I’ve met since my time here. I am excited to start flying in less than a month and I am super thankful for this opportunity. I mean I am gonna get paid to travel, how PERFECT.

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Above: What you look like when there is a 10 am report time =)

I don’t want to share anything that I am not allowed to share. However, I do want to leave some helpful hints about training with my airline or other airlines, maybe some things I wish I knew BEFORE Day 9 so here goes…

  • Make shopping lists prior to Walmart trips – you will only have an hour to shop which gets pretty crazy
  • Bring a luggage tote with wheels to carry to class everyday, not a shoulder bag as recommended in my previous post. You will get heavy required items that you will be carrying everyday. Save your back and shoulders.
  • SAVE MONEY SAVE MONEY SAVE MORE MONEY. Enough said.
  • Leave room in your suitcase to take home uniforms after training. Don’t over pack.
  • Sleep as much as possible, you will need it to stay alert and focused in class.
  • Take lots of snacks to class to keep you awake and pack a light lunch to prevent midday drowsiness. Also, try to meal prep for a few days at a time to help with time management.
  • Be kind and help others. When you are helpful and kind to your classmates, they will return the favor and look out for you when you need it through sickness, sad days, and whatever else you might go through during training. These things happen to everyone and you don’t know what battles others are fighting.
  • Use down time to review material. There’s a lot of it and exposing yourself to material as often as possible prepares you to pass exams and be ready to perform job duties thoroughly on the line.
  • Don’t forget to drink water. It helps amidst the 10 cups of coffee you need to stay awake in class.
  • Figure out how you’re going to stay awake in class! This is so hard for me and “Death by Powerpoint” is a real thing.
  • Bring your favorite food items from home because you only get a ride to Walmart and they were missing SO MANY of my favorite snacks. It’s nice to have a couple comforts from home.
  • Accept any free food or snacks you are offered. Seriously, take advantage and save money!
  • Relax, don’t stress too much about exams. Listen in class and try to think about how you will apply your knowledge out on line. It naturally helps you to retain information.
  • Try to regulate your sleep schedule. It’s been tough because class has different starting and ending times every day! However, try to stick to a bed time and wake time that is the same everyday so that you aren’t going nuts with all the different wake times and bed times. My body likes regularity and routine, so my rest is much higher quality when routinized.Otherwise, I have a hard time staying awake through all those powerpoints. lol

 

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Above: What you look like when you haven’t regulated your sleep schedule

So, these are some things that I have learned over the past 9 days and have become really important in helping me to get through training. I’m having a blast so far and I’ve met some amazing people. Now, I’m working hard to learn the material and looking forward to Graduation day. The 9 days has gone by soooooo fast and I know that I’m going to look back and wonder where the time went. If you have any questions, please please please reach out. If you have completed flight attendant training and have things to add that helped you get your wings, please comment below! If you are headed to training, good luck!

 

See you in the friendly skies!

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What to Pack for Flight Attendant Training!

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I would like to start this post off by saying that my ultimate goal is to start vlogging when I get more settled into my career as an FA and have more time to edit videos because I can’t do anything halfway or of poor quality.

Sooooo…I received a CJO in June for my airline and will be leaving for 4 weeks of ground training in Salt Lake City, UT. I was so excited to receive my job offer but quickly discovered that there was little to no info from people who were hired by my airline (or other regionals) on preparing for training. I like to do as much advanced planning as possible and my airline didn’t send out my training info and details until three weeks before training!!!!! (cue panic mode and running around like a chicken with my head cut off for medical clearances, clothing items, legal documents and such). So my purpose in creating my next set of posts is to help those who will come after me looking for the information I was looking for a few months ago. I won’t say what airline I am working for but if you use the context clues, you can easily figure it out. haha.

Hopefully this is useful for anyone attending FA Training with any airline as the information will be a little bit generalized because I am going to be a bit selective with the details I am sharing for confidentiality purposes. Anyways, Enjoy! Please subscribe as I will be writing more about my actual training experience and please read my previous posts to see how I got to this point =)

Now let’s get to it…

Congrats! You got your CJO!…or you’re almost there!

The following are things that I would suggest that you do or start to think about at around the one month-ish mark from your training date after receiving a CJO:

1. Schedule an appointment for a Physical Exam with your doctor – even if you dont have medical clearance forms yet, you can always take them back to your doc later to just fill in quickly. This is helpful so that you aren’t scrambling three weeks out if your doctor is far away or has a busy schedule.

2. Start buying things you know you’ll need for training – it helps to break up your shopping because when you get a little at a time, you’re not spending as much money at once and you can mull over purchases, deciding over time whether they are necessary or not.

3. Start to familiarize yourself with airport codes  and learn time zones – for my airline you wont need to know airport codes however I think perhaps that it will be helpful not to constantly have to google codes, just my personal thought.

4. Change your phone to military time– I learned military time quickly this way and you’re gonna need to know it, bottom line. I learn best through repetition and application so this worked like a charm.

5. Think about your learning style – I know that I learn best by doing (application of information)and I am also a visual learner. So for me I knew before I started studying that I would need lots of colorful markers to make things pop. Writing things down over and over helps me a TON and seeing things/repeating things helps me as well. I know that If I have three weeks to study, I need to develop a routine to expose myself to the material every SINGLE day to learn it. Figure out what works best for YOU and then use it to your advantage before and during training.

6. Cut back on expenses – This is hard but obviously necessary especially if you are taking a pay cut, whether you have saved money or not. I underestimated my expenses and have spent lots of money even before training has begun.
Okay, now to the good stuff…

This is my personal packing list and I have included photos where possible. I am able to bring 2 checked bags (with weight restriction) , one carry-on, and one personal item.

Here are photos of the bags I decided to bring. I had one suitcase (tan) previously. Since I only had one, I decided to buy my plain black suitcase for work now so that I’d have 2 suitcases to take to training.

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Tan suitcase is Nicole Miller – Marshall’s , $50

Black suitcase is a 21″ rollaboard with 2 wheels (to ensure it fits on crj 200)- Walmart,  $25 (I went cheap and figured I’d get a nicer suitcase later, maybe for my birthday or Christmas). Many people opt for the Travelpro or Luggage Works suitcases.

Below, * will indicate highly recommended items 

Important Personal Documents:

  • Passport*
  • Drivers License*
  • Birth Certificate*
  • Social Security Card*
  • Copies of medical clearance paperwork

Clothing

So in general, I will be bringing several business casual items as well as items for drill days, days off, lounge wear, and some casual clothing for any possible dinner outings after training class.

Business Casual*

  •  2 pairs of slacks
  • 2 knee length pencil skirts
  •  4 blouses
  •  1 navy blazer
  •  2 cardigans – 1 black, 1 tan
  • 4 camisols in various neutral colors
  •  5 pairs pantyhose (or socks for men – required to be worn each day)*
  • 1 belt *

Please excuse my wrinkles. I just moved and everything was in bags so there’s that…

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If you’d like info on any of the clothing items pictured above, please let me know in the comments or via email.

Neutral colored items were not required but I chose to stay pretty neutral in some of my color choices because of the ability to mix and match items. I wanted to get the most possible outfits out of the least pieces possible. Some items are not pictured here.

 

Casual Clothing / Loungewear 

This where you decide what you want to bring for evenings at the hotel, relaxing, studying, and also clothing for hanging out during any down time. I’m not a very athletic person so hiking, or any outdoorsy activities aren’t really for me. Just take into consideration the weather and geography of where you are going and what you will do in your free time. For me studying, eating out, and maybe some shopping are all possibilities so I chose items accordingly

  • 1 pair of jeans (for drill day and outings)*
  • 1 long sleeved white t-shirt (no words or graphics for drill day)*
  • 5 T-shirts
  • 5 pairs of sweatpants/leggings
  • 2 sweatshirts/hoodies
  • 2 casual tops
  • 2 casual dresses

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Pictured above: Jeans, White T-shirt – both previously purchased from gap

 Shoes 

  • Concourse shoes* (for graduation day)
  • Sneakers*
  • Fully enclosed flats*
  • Casual sandals

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Pictured above: My fabulous comfortable, concourse shoes – Style: Tarah Rosie, Clarks Outlet, $35
Other Items 

  • 3 ring binder
  • Filler paper
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Pens and pencils
  • Flashlight*
  • Wristwatch*
  • Bag locks
  • Black Tote Bag (highly recommended to carry to training class daily)
  • Toiletries
  • Hair products
  • Makeup
  • Nail kit
  • Medications/first aid kit – ibuprofen, tylenol, allergy meds, vitamins

 

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Pictured above: 3 pack pantyhose -Playtex store, $17; 2 pairs pantyhose- Target , $5 each; Watch – Target, $10, Bag locks – TJ Maxx, $4; Flashlight-Target, $5;

 

Oh, one last thing…

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I got this awesome vegan leather, reversible tote bag on Amazon.com for 24 dollars! I love it because it is super sturdy, huge, and comes with a little brown wristlet. I’m in love with this bag. It will serve as my carry on for my flight to training, a bag to carry my binder and lunch to training class, AND as a tote bag to use when I am finally working on the line. It’s versatile, and is going to be put to great use. I have included the link below.   ( I get nothing for doing that. I just love this bag and was surprised by it’s quality for the amount I spent on it).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EMA76B4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
There will be multiple trips to Walmart once I get to training so I wont be overloading on products that I can buy when I get there. However, I am trying to save money so if I have the products I need on hand at home, I will be bringing them along. ie. shampoo, conditioner, face wash, moisturizer, etc.

Any staples or must-have products that I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get at Walmart, I will be sure to bring with me as well (ie. makeup products, special skin care products, special snacks, etc.)

Please Please Please, comment or email me with any questions you have. Also, comment below if you have attended flight attending training and share what YOU brought that was helpful to you. It might help me if i forgot anything or someone else reading.

Thanks so much for reading and good luck at training!

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