Many people would like to become a flight attendant, but working full time isn’t something that they would be able to do.

If this sounds like you, you might be wondering if you can be a part-time flight attendant.

While, yes, you can work as a flight attendant part time, it is very uncommon, especially in the USA.

What Part Time Flight Attendants Do

Part-time time flight attendants will perform the same duties and the same tasks as full time flight attendants.

In short, a part-time flight attendant will be responsible for the safety and comfort of passengers.

More specifically, a flight attendant will:

  • Participate in preflight briefings with the pilots, to discuss cabin conditions and flight details
  • Conduct preflight inspections of emergency equipment
  • Demonstrate the use of safety equipment and emergency equipment
  • Ensure that passengers have their seatbelts fastened when required and that all other safety requirements are observed
  • Serve and sell beverages, meals, or snacks
  • Reassure passengers during the flight, such as when the aircraft hits turbulence
  • Administer and coordinate emergency medical care, as needed
  • Provide direction to passengers, including how to evacuate the aircraft in an emergency

Part Time Flight Attendant Roles Aren’t Common

In the USA, there only appears to be one airline that offers people the opportunity to work as a flight attendant part time: Breeze Airways.

The catch is that you must live in the Southeastern United States; you will be under a four-year contract, and you’ll be paid a cash payout at the end of the four-year agreement.

Part-time flight attendant roles seem to be more common in Europe.

The flag carrier of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden air carrier, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), and Norwegian airline, Flyr, have previously advertised part-time flight attendant roles.

Requirements to Be a Part Time Flight Attendant

Part time flight attendant roles are rare, but from what we’ve seen, the requirements are similar for full time roles.

An example for SAS stated the following:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Successfully completed secondary education
  • Between 160cm to 190cm tall (5′ 3″ to 6′ 3″)
  • Excellent eyesight – at least 0.7 without correction
  • A confident swimmer
  • Physically fit and healthy

Hours Part Time Flight Attendants Work

Again, as part-time flight attendant roles are very uncommon, there isn’t much to go off for how many hours a flight attendant works.

But Breeze Airways state:

  • A minimum of eight days per month (or 40 hours of flying time)
  • A maximum of 12 days per month (or 60 hours of flying time)

For comparison, a full time flight attendant will typically work approximately 100 hours a month.

Patricia is a senior flight attendant with over 20 years of experience working for a major U.S. airline, primarily on international long haul flights.
Patricia is passionate about sharing her knowledge and expertise about the unique lives flight attendants lead, offers valuable insights on what it takes to become a flight attendant and what the job entails.
Patricia has been quoted or mentioned in major publications, including Newsweek.