First time on WN-Question about FAs

Old Oct 25, 18, 5:04 pm
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First time on WN-Question about FAs

Flown with WN for the first time today. Not gonna comment about the boarding or the lack of seat assignments. To each their own i guess.

However the FA on the flight was really unbelievably overweight (used an extender on the jump seat and took both front jump seats) and short (411). Im not here to offend anyone or judge anyone but i just would not have felt safe in case of an emergency. Not all jobs are created the same. I.e. not all of us are fit enough to be marathon runners. So my question is are there any FAA requirements for FAs and is WN more lenient then other carriers. Ive flown close to 4-5 million miles on different Star alliance airlines amongst countless other airlines and have never experienced a FA use a seat belt extender before.
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Old Oct 25, 18, 5:47 pm
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Need of a seat-belt extender may not be disqualifying.

Most airlines require you be able to fit through the smallest exit during training. Presumably without any late-career 're-qualifying.'

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Old Oct 25, 18, 5:54 pm
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So my question is are there any FAA requirements for FAs ...?
Apparently not, and I guess it's due to anti-discrimination laws. I can't count the number of times I've seen WN ('cause that's all I really fly) FAs who can't move down an aisle w/o turning sideways. Were an accident to happen where we'd have to quickly evacuate I feel sorry for the folks trapped downstream of her (and yes, the seriously-obese ones are always female).
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Old Oct 25, 18, 6:44 pm
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There are actually, of course, many specific requirements as part of the Flight Attendant Appearance Standards. These include being able to walk down the aisle facing forward, and utilize the jump seat without any modifications.


It's clear, however, that these rules are not enforced.
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Old Oct 25, 18, 7:12 pm
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Ah well damn ... <rips up FA application>
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Old Oct 26, 18, 12:42 am
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Originally Posted by mdbe View Post
Flown with WN for the first time today. Not gonna comment about the boarding or the lack of seat assignments. To each their own i guess.

However the FA on the flight was really unbelievably overweight (used an extender on the jump seat and took both front jump seats) and short (411). Im not here to offend anyone or judge anyone but i just would not have felt safe in case of an emergency. Not all jobs are created the same. I.e. not all of us are fit enough to be marathon runners. So my question is are there any FAA requirements for FAs and is WN more lenient then other carriers. Ive flown close to 4-5 million miles on different Star alliance airlines amongst countless other airlines and have never experienced a FA use a seat belt extender before.
I guess you could fly a legacy where some of the FAs appear to be in their 80s.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 1:12 am
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I guess you could fly a legacy where some of the FAs appear to be in their 80s.
...?! Or WN, where a few really seem to actually be
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I guess you could fly a legacy where some of the FAs appear to be in their 80s.
Indeed, my last several flights on AA have felt more like the crypt keeper's children are serving beverages.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 8:33 am
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Flown with WN for the first time today. Not gonna comment about the boarding or the lack of seat assignments. To each their own i guess.
... Im not here to offend anyone or judge anyone but i just would not have felt safe in case of an emergency...
You had the option of exiting the plane prior to the doors being shut. If you didn't feel safe why did you stay on the plane?
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Old Oct 26, 18, 10:06 am
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You had the option of exiting the plane prior to the doors being shut. If you didn't feel safe why did you stay on the plane?
FA's buckling in usually indicates the boarding door is shut. Your option to exit has all but been foreclosed.

I gather if they can open the door and open the window exits, then they are good to go. Not saying it is right, or safe, but that is what it is. In an emergency it is their job to direct people what to do and where to go, they aren't going to carry people on their shoulders out of the plane.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 10:51 am
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However the FA on the flight was really unbelievably overweight (used an extender on the jump seat and took both front jump seats) and short (4’11’’).

Originally Posted by toomanybooks View Post
I guess you could fly a legacy where some of the FAs appear to be in their 80s.
Never on an Asian carrier. FAs appear the way I like them ^
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Old Oct 26, 18, 5:43 pm
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Never on an Asian carrier. FAs appear the way I like them ^
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Old Oct 26, 18, 6:23 pm
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Originally Posted by LegalTender View Post
FA's buckling in usually indicates the boarding door is shut. Your option to exit has all but been foreclosed.

I gather if they can open the door and open the window exits, then they are good to go. Not saying it is right, or safe, but that is what it is. In an emergency it is their job to direct people what to do and where to go, they aren't going to carry people on their shoulders out of the plane.
exactly. Them buckling in is usually indication that youre at the runway and ready to take off
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Old Oct 26, 18, 7:49 pm
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Ah well damn ... <rips up FA application>
This is you and your friends?
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