What is the Average Day Like for a Flight Attendant?

Cabin Crew Lifestyle

Are you one of those airline passengers wondering how an average day unfolds for a flight attendant? Then you may be surprised to learn what I am about to share with you here.

An average day on a 9-5 job

Most days for a typical 9-5 job are pretty routine. Most people wake up in the morning to shower, get ready, maybe eat some breakfast or grab a coffee then head off to the office.

You can expect a lunch break and then be home by a certain time each night.

Sometimes this schedule sounds like a dream to me. As a flight attendant, there are times where I truly do miss having a daily routine. 

Flight attendant daily routine

The truth is as a flight attendant there is NO average day!

Although I miss having a daily routine, not having one has become my new norm. I like waking up and not always knowing where I’ll end up that day.

Last week I was sleeping in my bed at home and that night I was falling asleep in London.

Some may find a schedule like this to be too sporadic. But for us flight attendants it’s just another day on the job. 

Even on months where we know our flight schedule ahead of time, it’s rare that every trip goes perfectly as planned.

Most of the time there are delays, weather and reroutes. Sometimes as crew members, we’ll end up staying in a completely different place than planned.

No flight is ever the same either. Each flight has different passengers heading off to different destinations.

Depending on the destination we often do a different inflight service. For example, an international flight over 8 hours will have a much different service than a domestic flight under two hours.

What do I love the most about being a crew member?

What I love the most is that every day on the job I learn something new whether it be from my coworkers or my passengers. 

This job has taught me to be kinder, more patient, more accepting, and to truly let go of things I cannot control. It has taught me independence and how to navigate almost any city. Even on my worst days flying (15 hour duty days, long flights, little to no time to grab food, early sign-ins) I am still SO thankful to have a career in aviation

  • I am a pretty average flight attendant and I don’t fly super high time and usually average 85-100 flight hours per month.
  • With that just in the past year from my flight attendant work trips alone, I totaled 324,992 miles, 326 flights, and 901 flight hours.
  • I was also able to travel to 10 new countries and countless states/cities within the US. 

Why being a Flight Attendant is not the perfect job for everyone

I will say that being a flight attendant is not the perfect job for everyone.

You lose sleep, you give up a “normal” daily schedule, and you do have to make sacrifices. However, what you get in return is far greater than what any other job could give me. 

Thank you all for reading!


Jetting Julia working a delayed international flight to London (video)

Jetting Julia talks about working a delayed international flight to London. YouTube.

Featured Image: Flight Attendant Julia Ross, JettingJulia.

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How long does flight attendant training last?

Each airline and each airline’s country speficy how long their flight attendant program is. Typical initial flight attendant training takes an average of six weeks. The training takes place at an airline’s FAA approved training location and follows a strict FAA regulated curriculum.

What are flight attendant duty time limitations?

Flight attendant duty time limitations have always been a subject of discussion in the airline industry. Flight attendant unions and pilot unions have always been the forerunners for advocacy of safety, working closely with the FAA. Flight attendant duty time limitations are described by a complex set of FAA rules.

Do you need a college degree to become a flight attendant?

No, airlines generally don’t require a college degree for a flight attendant.

Does a private flight attendant school education increase chances of getting hired with an airline?

No, attending a private flight attendant school does not increase your chances of getting hired as a flight attendant with an airline. Each airline prefers to mold and train its flight attendants applying the airline’s own FAA-approved training curriculum, procedures and corporate culture.

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