Are you too tall to be Cabin Crew?

This can often be a worry – especially for aspiring male crew! Particularly as a lot of the information about this seems unclear.

We’ll try to put your mind at rest a little by laying out some facts!

The Height and Reach Test

As part of the Cabin Crew Assessment Day you’ll be asked to take part in a Height and Reach check. This differs slightly according to airline requirements, especially for airlines like British Airways who do a Functional Reach Test.

You won’t be able to fool the recruitment panel during the test – so our advice is to not even try otherwise you’re likely to be asked to leave the process immediately!

Why are Maximum Height requirements in place for Cabin Crew?


In a word – safety!

Some airlines operate using very small aircraft, especially short-haul, budget or regional airlines. There simply isn’t enough space for crew members over a certain height to perform their duties safely and with ease.

If you are tall you might be best to consider long-haul routes – the maximum height requirements for airlines operating long-haul flights tends to be higher. The aircraft used are bigger and have more headspace.

What are the Maximum Height Requirements for Cabin Crew?

At the moment the highest maximum height is:

Some airlines don’t specify a maximum height requirement in their job descriptions, however as a general rule of thumb they expect crew to be under 195cm or 6ft 4.

It’s always best to check with the airline first – contact the recruitment team if you have any concerns about your height!

Some airlines may consider you even if you are over 195cm in height, depending whether the aircraft you’ll be working on can accommodate you comfortably.

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