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We often come across the glamorous image of an air hostess or pilot greeting passengers on board. In fact, so powerful is the image within us that today the ever-smiling face of an air hostess has come to represent the epitome of hospitality, glamour and ultimate fantasy of flying and seeing the world.

Flying across the globe and moving subtly, the crew attendants meet and greet the passengers first and make them comfortable for the journey ahead. Right from the moment the plane pulls up in front of the aerobridge, they are at the aircraft door with a warm smile, welcoming and guiding passengers on board to their seats. Once airborne, they make the passengers comfortable by rolling out the cartload of goodies, food and drinks, chocolates and coffee, snacks and tea. Superficially though their services may appear to be trivial but they have lots of responsibilities on their shoulders, which include executing flight commander's instructions, coordinating security arrangements and ensuring passengers' overall safety as well. In case of an emergency during the flight, they take the responsibility and determine the most appropriate step to deal with the situation.

With various domestic and international airlines increasing their services, there is no doubt that the expansion is going to bring in a recruitment drive for every new route demands additional basic cabin crew members. Therefore, we are now witnessing a huge spurt in the demand for trained basic cabin crew. This explains why there is an increase in interviews conducted by many airlines. At the interviews for air steward and air stewardess, the applicants are asked about their eyesight, interest in the job and how they can handle difficult passengers. The government of some countries are keen on going liberal with an open sky policy. In this respect, India is emerging as a major aviation hub in South Asia. This expansion is going to bring in a recruitment drive, as for every new route added, it demands additional basic cabin crew members.

For corporate or airline flying careers, there are several routes to go but most people end up taking one of the two general paths. They either train through the military and then, fly commercially when they get out or go through civilian route by studying aviation at a college or privately and then, working as a flight instructor to build experience and work the way up into a larger aircraft. Chances are better if they join an Air Training Corps or a Combined Cadet Force while they are still at school or college.

If you have any interest in a flying career, you can do a college program and major specifically in aviation. Many other universities and community colleges offer flight programs. Going to a well-known college to do your major is always helpful when you go job hunting. even though many pilots study aviation in college, many others do not. Another option is to do your college studies anywhere you like and do your flying 'on the side' be it through a flight school at your local airport or through a larger private flight school like Flight Safety International.

From paragraph 1 and 2
  1.

Why is it mentioned that the air hostess is the epitome of hospitality and glamour ?

    From paragraph 2
  2.

(a) The word 'unimportant' can be replaced with ____.

(b) The word executing refers to _____.

    From paragraph 2
  3.

(a) What must the air hostesses do in an emergency during the flight ?

(b) What must the crew attendants do first when the plane pulls up in front of the aerobridge ?.

    From paragraph 3
  4.

(a) The demand for airline crew has increased. Why ?

(b) Which country is becoming a major aviation hub in South Asia ?

    From paragraph 4
  5.

How can people work towards a career as a pilot ?

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Answers
 

1.

This is because she is always at the aircraft door with a warm smile, welcoming and guiding passengers on board to their seats.

 

2.

(a) trivial

(b) performing

 

3.

(a) They take the responsibility and determine the most appropriate step to deal with the situation.

(b) They must put on a warm smile, welcome and guide the passengers on board to their seats.

 

4.

(a) Various domestic and international airlines have increased their services.

(b) India.

 

5.

They can train through the military and then, fly comemrcially.

 
 
 
 
 

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