Are You Tall Enough to be Cabin Crew?

One of the questions we are frequently asked by prospective crew is “Am I tall enough to be cabin crew?

Height is indeed part of the job requirement that needs to be met. Generally, the average height for cabin crew, depending on the airline is somewhere between 159cm (5 feet, 2 inches) and 189cm (6 feet, 2 inches). However a lot of airlines now conduct reach tests, where you are required to reach, with your arm extended up to a certain height. You are permitted to stand on tiptoe to carry out this test.

The reason for the restrictions on height and reach are related to safety

A lot of the aircraft’s safety and emergency equipment is stowed in overhead lockers or to the back of deep stowages & cupboards and this is why you are required to have an extended arm reach, to enable you to get hold of the equipment, should the need arise. Airlines have their own minimum arm reach requirement based on the aircraft you will be trained to work on, but on average they will require that you reach within the region of 208cm (6ft 9 inches) and 214cm (7 feet).

Below is a table listing some of the airline minimum requirement height or reach test requirements.


Height restriction

Reach restriction

Aer Lingus flights between 5’2″- 6’2″
Air Tanker 5’2″
British Airways 5’2″
Air New Zealand – London Based Crew 160 – 185cm Reach test will be conducted at interview
Flybe flights 5’2″
Ryanair 5’2″
Jet2 5’2″
easyJet 5’3″(160cm) – 6’3″ (190cm)
Loganair flight 5’2″
Thomas Cook Airlines 5’2″
Thomson Airways Able to reach to a height of 6’2″ (188cm approx)
Titan Airways 5’2″ (157.5cm)
BA CityFlyer 5’2″
Cello Aviation No restrictions but you do need the ability to reach the emergency equipment and operate all emergency exits.
Eastern Airways 4’8″
Virgin Atlantic 5’2″ (157.5cm)
Volotea 5’2″ (157.5cm)
Emirates Airlines 160cm Reach at least 212cm
Qatar Airways Reach at least 212cm
Etihad Airways Reach at least 210cm
Fly Dubai 158cm
Cathay Pacific, London Based Crew Minimum arm-reach of 208cm
Qantas London based cabin crew 163 – 183cm.

The above table is correct as of 10/2018

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Michele is current serving long haul cabin crew & also an associate travel & tourism lecturer at Exeter College. Having worked within the aviation industry for over 30 years, both in the UK and the Middle East, she has a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to share with us here at Cabin Crew Wings.

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    I’m student in haigh school ( foregine Languages is my special education) I can speak English so good and I think that I have got experience of dealing with people and know how buy things and selling and contacting white them
    My tall is 1.70 cm

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  2. HI ,
    now im 163 cm height but i wish to apply for cabin crew in Qatar air ways , can i apply for this , can i do hand reach from my tiptoe ( i am Male)

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