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Delta Flight Attendant Application Harder Than Harvard

Want to be a flight attendant? You’re better off applying to Harvard – there’s a better chance you’ll get in.

Delta Airlines recently announced more than 1,000 flight attendant openings. And they’ve got a lot of work to do to sift through potential new employees; more than 125,000 people applied. Delta noted in its News Hub release that the hiring process would be incredibly competitive. The company only hires 1 percent of applicants – and that’s a lower acceptance rate than an Ivy League school; Harvard’s acceptance rate in 2016 was 5.1 percent.

“Earning and wearing the wings of Delta is something our flight attendants are proud of and passionate about, as they should be,” Allison Ausband, Delta’s Senior Vice President – In-Flight Service, said in the News Hub release. “After making it through the highly competitive and exhaustive selection process, they put all their previous experience and skills to the test during our flight attendant initial training. There’s no doubt we hire the best of the best because the caliber of people wanting to work for our great airline is top-notch. They see that what makes Delta different is our people and the unique culture we share together, and they want to be part of that winning team.”

Former and current flight attendants can speak to how true that is, noting that the job is incredibly demanding and requires a significant amount of skill.

“We’re not just waitresses in the sky,” Shawn Kathleen, a former flight attendant and police officer that runs the Passenger Shaming Instagram account, told Moneyish. “We’re not just there to pour your soda. Our first priority is to keep you safe and that’s what those weeks of training are for: learning self-defense and how to take care of violent passengers and how to do CPR if someone’s heart stops. Being a flight attendant was 100 percent harder than being a cop. And they have to hire people who can handle it.”

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kkua November 30, 2017

It's an unfair numerical comparison. They need to also restrict the numbers to compare to just the entry level undergrads, not total enrollment per graduating class. Also, remember that Harvard admission is a stable number based on graduating students within 4-5 years. Delta new hire positions are based on airline projected growth and staff attrition/retirement. Their timeframes are not similar at all.

KRSW November 30, 2017

To me, Harvard would be the easier and more desirable task. Putting up with self-entitled, drunk, and ignorant passengers? I love to fly, but that's not worth it to me.

nax5de16x10 November 30, 2017

If it's so hard to get to be a flight attendant, it must be much harder to get to be a pilot since they make a lot more money and have a great deal of responsibility for the lives of the passengers. ygtbsm

evans88 November 30, 2017

I very much doubt whether a single applicant for a flight attendant job with Delta would get into Harvard. The statistical comparison this article seeks to draw is a nonsense.

aclanders November 30, 2017

You must be kidding me?!?!? I have over a million miles on Delta and I can tell you their flight attendants are one of the weakest links in their business. They tend to be too old and frail to do their jobs well, many are grumpy and in plenty of cases physically unfit to assist (or make it down the narrow aisles easily) in the case of an emergency. In other cases they are too concerned about their hairdos or fake nails to give passengers the service needed. Delta needs to take some cues from Asian carriers when selecting and training FAs.