Flight attendants are paid much higher than the pay level in the country they live in.
In Singapore, a flight attendant salary is 6,100 SGD ($4,500) a month, including a 2,500 SGD ($1,850) base salary and a 3,600 SGD ($2,650 USD) base salary, according to an August 7 update from job site Glassdoor. USD) allowance is included.
Meanwhile, flight attendants for Emirates Airlines – one of the two major airlines of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earn 36,000 – 53,000 USD per year. Emirates also provides free accommodation for flight attendants. If flight attendants choose to live abroad, they will receive an additional $13,600 per year for living expenses.
A flight attendant working in Tokyo, Japan typically earns around 4,654,300 JPY/year (32,000 USD). The average salary of a flight attendant in China is 230,000 CNY/year (US$32,000).
A Thai flight attendant’s salary is around 804,000 THB/year ($23,000).
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Many people say that a flight attendant is a “water bearer”, but this is not the case. They also have to work with the crew to protect the health and safety of the hundreds of passengers in flight.
Getting into this profession is not easy. Most airlines require flight attendant candidates to have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED), and they must be 21 years of age or older.
They should also be able to lift a weight up to 22.5 kg on their shoulders (loading goods into overhead bins), push or pull a trolley weighing approximately 14.5 kg and open and close emergency exit doors weighing up to 27 kg.
An advantage when participating in recruitment is experience in customer service and bilingual ability, with English proficiency being almost mandatory for all airlines.
Accidents and dangers always lurk for them once they enter the profession.
Most recently, on August 4, during a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to Louis Armstrong International Airport, New Orleans, USA, a male passenger tried to slit a flight attendant’s throat with a sharp object after slitting his throat. of which two of his companions survived. He was wounded in the neck and arrested.
In 2022, an Ohio man was tied up with duct tape by the crew and other passengers after he groped and assaulted a flight attendant during a flight from Philadelphia to Miami. According to the newspaper, he later went to court and was sentenced to 60 days in jail Guardian.
One of the dreaded dangers for flight attendants is “not being able to overcome greed”. Smuggling and smuggling of prohibited items is not uncommon.
In 2022, Mesa Airlines flight attendant Terese White pleaded guilty to concealing fentanyl, a narcotic painkiller 100 times stronger than morphine, after trying to pass a security check.
In 2019, Air Asia flight attendant Nas Amir bin Nasruddin, a 32-year-old Malaysian national, smuggled drugs worth $60,000 into Perth airport in Australia, and was sentenced to 3 years in prison.