Why Not To Get A Tattoo

Why Not To Get A Tattoo

Just no. Don’t do it. Don’t get the tattoo.

While you may like the way a certain tattoo looks, just because you like it doesn’t mean employers will have the same appreciation for it as well. In fact, there are some airlines that do not allow ANY tattoos anywhere on your body. They don’t care that it’s covered or on the back of your neck, hidden by your hair. Some airlines permit tattoos, but only if they are out of sight or can be covered by a long sleeve shirt or long pants. If you have one on your wrist or anywhere normally visible, sorry, you won’t get hired, and they won’t tell you why. We’re telling you now, you may think your tattoo is not your resume, but you are the image if the airline. You are the #1 marketing, public relations face of the airline. Airlines are not just names, they are brands, and airlines will and do protect their brand. What works for Hot Topic and Starbucks does’s fly, no pun intended, with image conscious airlines.

So, if you were considering getting a tattoo, we recommend you don’t. Ultimately, it’s your decision, but it may be a career roadblock. Decide what’s more important, your tattoo or your career and future. Choose wisely!

Flight Attendant Prep School

Flight Attendant Prep School

How the Professional Flight Attendant Academy helps you start your career as a flight attendant

Filling out the application

You would be surprised how easy it is to make an error while filling out the application. This simple step in itself is one way the different airlines eliminate some of their future flight attendant candidates. For many of the questions, you must be able to answer yes in order to proceed. What some people don’t expect and are paying attention for, is there is at least one or more questions that must be answered no to actually be a positive, desirable answer to the airline. If you don’t pay attention and you’re not careful, that one error will cost you a six-month delay, up to one year, depending on the airline’s policy for being able to reapply.


Video interview preparation

There are plenty of resources available online that are supposed to be useful for helping flight attendant candidates to improve their chances on getting selected. One of the most commonly stated responses to “how should I answer the questions?” that you see is “be yourself!” and “be natural, you got this!” If it were only that easy… If that advice was any good, every single person that applies to work as a flight attendant would be hired, but the truth is, you need to be prepared to answer their questions. We help prepare you to give a natural sounding responses, based upon your work history. They can hear right through a canned, rehearsed answer. It sounds unnatural and it will harm, not help your video interview.


Conduct Mock Interviews With You

Again, some of the worst advice you can be given is to be yourself during the face-to-face flight attendant interview. You can be yourself, however it must come with certain decorum and manners. Remember, flight attendants are the face of the airline. They are the most important marketing department and airline has, and they need to know each and every flight attendant can deliver the experience they want their passengers to have when on board the aircraft. In today’s social media world, we have all seen how fast news travels. Speaking of news, how often is it positive? Not that much, really. It’s mostly negative, and the last thing airline wants is someone to create negative news. That’s why the airlines want to be very selective with whom they hire. We help polish you and your interview skills to make you stand out among the other applicants.


Flight attendant training preparation

Our course developer, Donald Wecklein, has over 25 year’s experience in aviation, starting out as a flight attendant like you want to, then becoming an instructor, training program developer, and director of in-flight, as well as teaching many other flight attendant training required courses as you see on our website. Additionally, Donald has interviewed, selected, trained, and checked on hundreds of flight attendants over the years working at different airlines around the world. He knows the hardest parts of training where students are likely to struggle with or fail, and has proven and tested methods for making the hardest parts easier to understand and take away the nervousness from the performance drills. All this experience has been brought together in our professional flight attendant academy to prepare you as best as possible and get you through the training and start your dream career!

Join us, you’ll be glad you did!

Safety Information Cards

Safety Information Cards

Safety Information Cards

Safety information cards are found on all commercial aircraft, corporate as well. Information contained on these cards tells passengers about the safety features of the aircraft, location of flotation devices when applicable, the donning of emergency oxygen in the event of decompression, and other important information. Often passengers take for granted that when they board an airplane that they will arrive at their destination safely. Thankfully airline accidents are relatively rare occurrences, however, passengers do need to be ready and knowledgeable how to evacuate an airplane should the need arise.

It is important for passengers to read and review on each flight the safety information card located in the seat pocket in front of them. Some passengers may be frequent flyers and feel they know everything there is to know about the safety demonstration, but the aircraft they frequently fly on may occasionally be different.

Commercial airlines are required to provide one safety information card at each seat location, and have spares on the airplane in the event some disappear, either through aircraft cleaning for safety information card collectors (you shouldn’t be taking the cards off the plane!).

As an operator of an aircraft, there are many regulations you need to know, and there are many that you may not know or understand. This is where our expertise comes in. One example is a question I received about safety information cards on aircraft and their requirement.

“Is there a regulation with regards to the Safety Information Card requirement on board the aircraft? We have some conflicting information regarding the minimum required. Is it 1 per seat or 1 per row/seat grouping?”

My response:
Regarding safety cards being at each seat, in the United States there’s a regulation that requires the certificate holder to have a safety information card located at each exit seat. Keep in mind that your regulations may differ.

§121.585 Exit seating.

The specific paragraph reference: (d) Each certificate holder shall include on passenger information cards, presented in the language in which briefings and oral commands are given by the crew, at each exit seat affected by this section, information that, in the event of an emergency in which a crewmember is not available to assist, a passenger occupying an exit seat may use if called upon to perform the following functions:

However, for all other seats, 121.571 applies, and you’ll find that the requirements for passenger safety information card quantity is rather vague per regulation, as it states below “in convenient use for of each passenger,” not “one per seat.”

§121.571 Briefing passengers before takeoff.
The specific paragraph reference:  (b) Each certificate holder must carry on each passenger-carrying airplane, in convenient locations for use of each passenger, printed cards supplementing the oral briefing. Each card must contain information pertinent only to the type and model of airplane used for that flight, including-
That said, there is another factor to consider – airplanes must be configured in accordance with the LOPA, submitted during certification of the aircraft and/or configuration change. The condition it was in at the time of certification, including emergency equipment, briefing cards, etc, is how an airplane is to be configured for flight, except otherwise excepted by the Minimum Equipment List (MEL).

Keeping that in mind, there is another piece of information I recall, but cannot find at the moment. I am fairly certain at some time, in some FAA Order or Advisory Circular, it mentioned in the event the plane is lacking one safety card per seat, following the requirements of 121.571, a row of three seats could share two cards; a row of four seats could share three cards, or two, depending on circumstance, and place the cards so all passengers in that section of seats could gain access to a safety information card. If really dire, there could be one card per row of three seats, and that card would be stowed in the center seat back pocket.

Although I remember this, I am unable to cite the reference where this came from, or where it can be located. It may have been revised and is no longer applicable.

Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Some passengers may wonder whether their portable oxygen concentrator is allowed on board an aircraft. Should you look at the FAA’s website on Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC), you’ll see that the website hasn’t been updated since October 2015. While the website itself hasn’t been updated, they did update the applicable regulation to POCs.

The applicable regulation, 121.574 Oxygen and portable oxygen concentrators for medical use by passengers, was amended on May 24, 2016. The Federal Register amendment to the final rule can be reviewed in the attachment. Additional information is found in Advisory Circular 120-95A. > https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_120-95A

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently only permits the use of approved models of portable oxygen concentrators, subject to certain conditions and limitations listed in the regulations. If the POC model was approved for use after May 24, 2016 it will bear a label on the exterior of the device containing the following certification statement in red lettering:

The manufacturer of this POC has determined this device conforms to all applicable FAA acceptance criteria for POC carriage and use on board aircraft.”

This label is likely on the bottom of your POC, depending when it was purchased or approved.

This policy is similar to the one the FAA has regarding Child Restraint Seats “ §121.311 Seats, safety belts, and shoulder harnesses.
(A) Seats manufactured to U.S. standards between January 1, 1981, and February 25, 1985, must bear the label: “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.”

The POC itself should have a marking on it, likely the bottom, that indicates it’s usable on aircraft. With the label on it, if approved for use after May 25, 2016, traveling with new POCs not listed on the FAA website shouldn’t be a problem.

Inogen is a very popular POC manufacturer and have a variety of products for different needs. Here is the Inogen description and suggestions for travelers bringing the Inogen One: http://www.inogen.com/resources/traveling-oxygen/faa-guidelines-oxygen-concentrators/

Each airline is required to have adequate policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), as well as Department of Transportation Part 382, Non Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel. If after looking at the decal that should be on your POC, depending when it was manufactured or approved, consider calling the airline and ask of there are any travel concerns you need to know about when traveling with your specific POC model. There are minimum power supply requirements you must bring with you, as well as you need to know where to keep all spare batteries, specifically in your carry-on bags, no spares in your checked baggage probable violation of hazmat regulations.

While it would be helpful, perhaps reassuring to travelers, to be able to look at the FAA website and see your specific model listed, my understanding is that the burden of maintaining current information and compliance with federal regulations is upon the airlines themselves. Again, similar to the Child Restraint Labeling rule where a decal indicating compliance with FAA criteria is applied, the FAA final rule states that the POCs that meet the acceptance criteria are either listed in the final rule or labeled. If labeled, and POC manufacturers likely apply the label to all approved devices they make, your POC should be accepted for transportation with you.

When in doubt, call the airline in advance. Don’t find out when you arrive at check-in.

Unruly Passengers Pay The Price

Unruly Passengers Pay The Price

Unruly passengers on board planes, depending on their offence, sometimes receive minimal punishment for their actions, yet the action taken against them is usually proportionate to the offence committed. Depending on the threat level, sometimes flights continue to their destinations, while some situations warrant diverting and removal of the disruptive passenger. For many years, diversion costs were absorbed by the airline, and the costs can go into the tens of thousands. Until now. A judge ruled that a passenger that was so disruptive and caused the captain to turn the plane around to remove the passenger will now be required to pay a fine, presumably the cost of the turnaround and possibly punitive fines, in the amount of 98,000.00 USD! I think it is fair to say that not only will this person forever rethink about their behavior on board a plane, hopefully the message will reach others like this one and make the public realize they will be held accountable for their actions, and they will pay dearly for it should the flight need to divert.