Fly with us: A guide to becoming a United flight attendant
At United, we take the process of hiring flight attendants very seriously. We want our employees to possess a passion for excellence and a love for flying that we all share, and finding them starts with recruitment. Our process is rigorous but fair, and we have an incredible team of current flight attendants tasked with hiring the next generation. Here's a quick look into how we go about recruiting new crews.
Recruitment: For flight attendants, by flight attendants
United's flight attendants are instrumental in the recruiting and hiring of new flight attendants, visiting more than 30 college and university campus job fairs every year. We also feature cultural and community outreach to recruit a wide variety of multicultural candidates. Our own flight attendants are not only involved in the recruitment process —they are also instrumental in training new hires as well.
Interest: It takes a passionate soul
If you have a heart for customer service, love interacting with more than 1,000 people every day, are polished enough to wear the same uniform style every day and jet lag doesn't bother you, consider applying to start a career as a United flight attendant.
Applying: Don't forget to fill out an application
If you've met a flight attendant at one of our job fairs or simply have always had a passion for service, flight and teamwork, the next step is to apply. Complete the application online and get yourself started on the path toward a job at United Airlines.
Video interview: You're in for the first round
Once you've applied to work at United, your application will be put through a selection process. Once selected, the next step is an on-line video interview, which will be reviewed by a member of our recruiting team.
One-on-one: Show you're qualified to fly
After successfully completing the on-line video interview, you'll be flown to one of our airport hub destinations for an in-person interview. If successful, you'll be offered a conditional job offer to attend initial training.
Training: Once you're in, let the fun begin
In your training you are not only tested on your customer service skills but also if you can successfully learn and perform all of United's safety procedures and work well with others. The training lasts six weeks and includes learning operating and safety procedures for seven or more aircraft. Once the six weeks are completed you'll be well on your way to flying with United Airlines.
If you can't get to Mars, what's the next best thing? Apparently Iceland. A team of renowned explorers and researchers recently journeyed to Iceland to test a Mars analog suit in a Martian-like environment.
The United sponsored expedition, led by The Explorers Club — an internationally recognized organization that promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space — and in partnership with Iceland Space Agency, involved the team venturing inside the Grímsvötn volcano and across the Vatnajökull ice cap. The group traveled to the remote location and lived for six days in the Grímsvötn Mountain Huts and endured harsh weather conditions and unstable terrain.
Helga Kristin Torfadöttir, Geologist and glacier guide, using the LiDAR system to map the ground and test the suit's capabilities on the glacier.
The objective of the mission was to explore the potential of concept operations at the Grímsvötn location while testing the suit in an arctic environment similar to what would be found on the surface of Mars. "This mission was an important test of the design of the MS1 suit, but it was also incredibly helpful to understand the how to conduct these sorts of studies in Iceland," said Michael Lye, MS1 designer and NASA consultant and RISD professor. "No matter how thoroughly something is tested in a controlled environment like a lab, studying it in a setting that accurately represents the environment where it will be used is absolutely essential to fully understand the design."
The suit was designed and constructed by faculty and students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with input and guidance from members of the HI-SEAS IV crew and NASA's Johnson Space Center Space Suit Engineering team. At 50-60 lbs, the suit is similar to what a planetary exploration suit would weigh in Martian gravity. The suit was originally designed to be used in the warm climate of Hawaii, however the martian climate is much closer to what would be found on top of the glaciers in Iceland. The data collected will inform the future of habitat and spacesuit design that can be used to train astronauts on Earth.
Today, we remember the colleagues, customers and every single victim of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
I know each of us in the United family marks this difficult moment in our own way. Still, we all share a common commitment to honor how our brothers and sisters left us and also celebrate what they gave to us during their lives. We remember their professionalism and heroism. We cherish their camaraderie and friendship. We carry with us the examples they set forth, especially in the heroism and bravery displayed by so many on that terrible day. Above all, we understand a simple truth: While thousands of our fellow human beings lost their lives in New York City, Arlington and Shanksville, the attacks of September 11th were aimed at all people of peace and good will, everywhere. They were attacks on the values that make life worth living, as well as the shared purpose that make us proud of what we do as members of the United family: connecting people and uniting the world.
We may live in times scarred by discord and disagreement, and we know there are those around the world who seek to divide us against one another. But, on this day – above all – we come together, as one. We affirm our core belief that far, far more unites us as citizens and fellow human beings than can ever divide us.
Let us embody that belief as we go about serving our customers and one another – on this day and every day – as we continue to help building a world that's more united. Let that be our memorial to the sisters and brothers we lost, eighteen Septembers ago.