How to become a flight attendant

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Flight attendants have a vital role in air travel since their primary job is to help passengers feel comfortable and calm in critical situations. With hundreds of layovers in a single month, they have the opportunity to experience cities that most of us never will.

However, it usually comes at the price of personal life. This article is meant to highlight the details of a flight attendant’s purpose within air journeys, the qualifications you might need to be a candidate for a position, and what are the risks and benefits of such a career.

All airlines have different criteria when hiring new crew members. So before you start this journey through life, think about a preferred airline and research their particular set of requirements. And you should know they are not as strict as one would think.

For example, age restrictions are quite lax and vary depending on the country of origin of the said airline. Some range from 17 years to 60 years of age, while others look for employees no older than thirty. What matters most to airlines is that you have previous experience.

Many companies look for professionalism, maturity and life experience or versatility in their candidates. Your experience, as we’ve mentioned, plus a certificate from a training course could be your entrance ticket. Moreover, you don’t need to have experience as a steward.

You could be a great candidate if you’ve worked with the public before, such as in restaurants or other customer service positions, and if you are versed when it comes to languages and geography. You just need to be a complex human being with a lot to offer to the company where you are applying.

Sometimes you can receive a position after you’ve trained as a flight attendant. But with stewards, things can happen the other way around too. If an airline hires you without any experience in the field, they will provide all the preparation you need to be good at your job.

All you need is to have a high school diploma, to be able to speak English well, and to have charisma, as that is an integral part of the job. Other companies might be a little pickier and they will require a college degree or a bachelor’s degree in hospitality. Additionally, speaking more than one language could get you ahead of the competition.

If you’ve decided that you want to become a flight attendant, you might want to get experience by working at a hotel, restaurant or resort; also, try volunteering at social events or The Red Cross.

Airlines expect that most attendants meet particular physical requirements. Height and weight are important to big companies, but most low-cost carriers don’t care for such things. Best of luck with your endeavors!

5 things you didn’t know about chameleons

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Owning a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world as you’ll have the ability to change an animal’s life and provide it with all the love and care you could possibly offer. No matter if you choose a cat, a dog, a rodent or even a lizard, pets will always live longer and happier in a healthy and safe environment.

But, if you don’t want to adopt a “common” animal as a pet, there are plenty of options for those who desire more “exotic” animals, such as chameleons. They are beautiful creatures but also quite difficult to raise, so make sure to know everything about them before deciding to bring one into your home.

If you’re looking to create an adequate environment for your chameleon, reading about this could prove to be a great starting point.

Color changing

The fascinating fact about chameleons is that they can change their color in as little as 20 seconds. However, despite the common belief that chameleons change colors to blend in with the environment, recent studies show that there is so much more than this.

In fact, the three most common factors that determine these reptiles to switch colors are light, temperature, and mood swings. Keep in mind that chameleons are very stressed creatures and even the slightest change in temperature, food or environment could cause them damage.

 

Differences in gender

Although both genders can switch colors, male chameleons can switch to a variety of different shades and colors, as opposed to females that only have a small palette of additional colors they could change to. Male chameleons often change to bright and strong colors when they’re trying to attract females.

 

Strong eyes

Another interesting fact about chameleons is that they have a strong vision for reptiles. Thanks to some amazing genetic features, their eyes can move independently one from the other, which gives them a full 360-degree vision. They can locate their prey from a long distance, usually around 16-32 feet.

On the other hand, just like many other reptiles, including snakes, their hearing is not very powerful. They don’t have an outer ear and neither a middle ear, but they’re not exactly deaf either. They can hear sounds on lower frequencies.

They prey with their tongues

Chameleons mainly feed by projecting their tongues in order to catch their prey. Their tongues are often twice as big as their body size and feature an extremely sticky spit. In fact, a chameleon’s spit is around 400 times more viscous than the spit of a human being, so these lizards will trap their prey on their tongues quite easily.

 

They vary in size

Chameleons can come in many different sizes and colors, depending on their species. The smallest chameleons can measure as little as 1 inch or be as long as 27 inches.