Have you ever wondered what young women have to go through to get a job as a flight attendant ?
Decked out in red or blue uniforms the soon to be cabin crew are pictured performing an array of sometimes odd tasks under the watchful gaze of an instructor clad in leather trousers…
If you ever travel with Chinese airlines, take a good look at the flight attendants pouring your coffee. After all, these girls’ beautiful smiles and perfect posture are the result of many hours of intense training and hard work.
The potential flight attendants in China are taking their prospective roles extremely seriously as these etiquette practices show.
The bizarre operation is overseen by an instructor wearing black leather trousers. Shaking hands, walking and even crouching down in the proper fashion are also covered in this strange classroom.
Their training includes balancing books on their heads for posture, placing a sheet of paper between their knees when standing straight and perhaps most bizarrely – biting on chopsticks to practice maintaining the “perfect” smile. According to the report, one student claimed she had to master acrobatic skills in order to become a flight attendant.
“We not only have to balance a bottle on our head for three minutes, we have to keep smiling at the same time to demonstrate the elegance of flight attendants.” student Zhang Tongtong said.
“In order to pass, we often practice by ourselves with a bottle. This is not just for the examination, it’s to help us to be more graceful.”
A teacher at the college, Xu Liqing, explained the process of her unconventional methods
“In our normal training, we use wine bottles to help practice standing. This is to train the students’ gesture as well as their confidence,” she said.
Another exercise that helps the girls to get great posture is balancing. Student air hostesses have to balance a glass bottle on their heads for three minutes.
The proper way to shake hands when greeting people is also coached in the intensive course.
Smiling training is also touched on in the classes as the fledgling flight attendants grasp a straw between their teeth. These charming girls are the students of the College of Civil Aviation in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Trainee stewardesses practice a graceful smile by holding a chopstick between their teeth. They also place magazines on their heads to achieve the perfect posture.
Safety is also a big priority at the College. There are even special classes where students are taught survival skills and martial art techniques like Kung Fu and Taekwondo.
Stunning and bizarre photos from China have revealed the latest training and promotional techniques of aviation schools as a group of flight attendants performed martial arts on a mountain top. Dressed in formal blue uniforms and only missing their high heels, the young women followed the instructions of a Taoist kung fu master as they sought to toughen their resolve.
The ‘bravery training’ was organised more than 6,560 feet above sea level, on the peaks of China’s famous Laojun Mountain, located in the city of Luoyang, in central Henan Province.
The girls work hard to become stronger and to increase the force of their hit. They are trained how to go through obstacle courses as well as how to defend against an edged weapon attack. Passing the final exam is the last step to becoming an official member of a cabin crew, however this task is rather challenging. To become a successful college graduate, students have to break a ceramic plate with one hand on their first try.
Some martial arts classes are held in the open air, and they look more like the training of army recruits than that of newbie flight attendants. Special attention is paid to the lessons where trainee flight attendants are taught how to neutralize a criminal’s or terrorist’s intentions during the flight.
The proper way to crouch down the restrictive skirts of their uniforms is also taught to the soon-to-be cabin crew.
It’s hard to believe, but all of these charming ladies ( soon-to-be flight attendants ) undergo rigorous and intense training in an effort to make every passenger feel safe and comfortable onboard.