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education Updated: Sep 22, 2011 10:59 IST
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The lowdown
An airhostess’s primary job is to ensure the safety and security of passengers and is specially trained and certified for safety and first-aid situations.

She also has the added responsibility of making every passenger’s flight comfortable in terms of customer service. Her tasks involve welcoming passengers on board, providing in-flight information, demonstrating emergency safety regulations and assisting old and sick passengers. An airhostess is expected to help passengers during critical situations, calmly and patiently. It is an airhostess’s responsibility to evacuate passengers from the plane during an emergency

Clock Work
3am: Cab for the airport arrives
3.15am: Get to the airport, screen and check in baggage
3.30am: Report to the movement office
3.40am: Attend briefing sessions
4am: Meet and greet the cockpit members and keep special instructions in mind
4.10am: Check emergency equipment on board
4.15am: Check cabin cleanliness and meal configuration (according to the booked load of passengers)
4.30am: Greet and seat passengers on board
4.40am: Distribute cold towels, sweets and candies and juices to passengers
5am: Clear up
5.10am: Flight safety demonstration begins
5.15am: Take off
8.30am: After landing, wish passengers good bye, see that infirm passengers have got off
9am: Go to the movement office again for a debriefing. Leave for home

The payoff
An airhostess is paid according to her experience and the airline she works for. A fresher may earn Rs20,000 to 25,000 per month. A head flight attendant can earn up to Rs60,000 per month. Major international airlines pay Rs80,000 per month to Rs1 lakh per month. This can differ from organisation to organisation, and the number of hours one clocks per month

. Ability to remain pleasant and presentable no matter how much the pressure
. One has to stay fit. Good skin and good eyesight are musts
. Functioning as a team player
. Handling difficult situations and the ability to deal with them independently

Getting There
The minimum qualification required is Class 12. It pays to be a graduate in any field or in hotel management. Knowledge of foreign language is a plus. Some airhostess training academies help you learn the ropes

. Frankfinn Airhostess Training Academy
. Avalon Academy for Aviation
. AHA Airhostess Academy

Pos and cons
.Improves people management skills and self-confidence
.One gets to explore the world
.A well-paying job
.Crazy hours, and some amount of menial work on-flight
.Family life suffers

There is not a minute of boredom here. It gives you an opportunity to meet new people, to travel the world over, visit different cities and experience different cultures Gunny Wadhwa, an airhostess with a leading airline