It's not easy being a steward or stewardess. And air hostesses are known for always looking neat and sharp. But their standards are way stricter than "looking presentable". Flight attendants have to deal with some pretty crazy rules and regulations. In some airlines, forget about eating or correcting makeup in front of the passengers, they're not even allowed to slouch. Here are some of the strictest, most strangely specific rules:

When Applying for the Job

1. "Physical features: Pleasing personality, clear complexion (scars, pimples, and blemishes not acceptable) and good eyesight" —Jet Airways

2. "Arm reach of 212 cm [83 inches] while standing on tiptoes" —Emirates 

3. "At least 2 years of customer or community service experience required" —Alaska Airlines

4. "Tattoos on the feet are not permitted, as they cannot be concealed. All shoes must be of the classic court style, which leaves the top and side of the foot exposed. The maximum permitted hosiery density is 15 denier and does not cover up tattoos." —British Airways

5. "We require applicants to be free of all nicotine use for at least 6 months prior to submitting an application." —Alaska Airlines

6. "Between 5'2 (1.57m) and 6'2 (1.88m) in height with weight in proportion" —Ryan Air

7. "A tongue piercing is not permitted. You will be required to remove any items from your tongue for training and duty." —British Airways

8. "Tattoos are not permitted on wrists. Watches must be of a discreet design with either a small silver or gold metal bracelet or brown/black leather strap." —British Airways

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9. "Marital Status: Unmarried" —Jet Airways (Note: The unmarried status is only a standard for "inexperienced" crew; people applying as "experienced" cabin crew can be married.)

10. "Must successfully pass a functional assessment — must be able to lift 50 pounds from floor to waist and 22 pounds overhead" —WestJet

11. "BMI — Body Mass Index is used to calculate weight — one's body weight in kilograms is divided by the square of one's body height in meters: BMI = body weight (kg) divided by square of height (m). BMI = 19–24.9 is considered satisfactory" —Czech Airlines

(Context: Someone who is 5-foot-3 and 145 pounds would have a BMI of 25.7, so would not meet the requirements. Czech Airlines' page reads, "Your weight and height are recorded in order to see that you comply with the requirements." So if your BMI falls out of that range, you're out of luck.) 

Once You Get the Job

12. "A total of four rings may be worn, with no more than two on each hand." —United Airlines

13. "Hands and nails should be kept well groomed at all times, with nail length not exceeding an eighth of an inch beyond the fingertip." —Hawaiian Airlines

14. "Don't wear accessories that clash with your uniform." —JetBlue

15. "Lipstick or gloss are required and should complement the facial features. Lip liner should be used in moderation"  —Allegiant Air

16. "Noticeable hair in nostrils and in/on ears or underarms must be cut or otherwise removed." —American Airlines

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17. "Teeth should present a clean, natural appearance. Employees must have a full frontal complement of teeth. Dental retainers must be gum toned or clear. Braces should be clear or silver." —American Airlines

18. "Whilst in Uniform, staff members must not: slouch, cross or fold arms; walk or stand with hands in pockets."  —Regional Express Pty Limited

19. "Unacceptable hairstyles include, but are not limited to, extreme or unnatural colors (e.g., pink, purple), top-knots, dreadlocks, cornrows, and Mohawks." —Hawaiian Airlines 

20. "Length [of skirt] may not exceed 1 inch above or 1 inch below the crease of the back of the knee." —United Airlines

21. "Good oral hygiene should be practiced to ensure that the teeth present a clean, natural appearance. Breath sprays and mints are encouraged. No oral jewelry is allowed to be worn while in uniform." —Allegiant Air

22. "Hoop earrings are permitted and may be no larger than 1½ inches in diameter and/or ½ inch wide on the surface." —Hawaiian Airlines

23. "Makeup should be freshened as necessary, but never in view of the customer." —American Airlines

24. "[For men] Trendy facial hair styles are not permitted (e.g., a small patch of hair growing below lower lip). And mustaches may not extend more than ¼ inch below the sides of the mouth." —United Airlines

25. "Males may not wear earrings or studs in ears while on duty or any time while in uniform." —Allegiant Air

26. When leaning forward, restrained hair should remain neat and off the face. A single ponytail may be secured behind the ears and centered on the back of the head. The ponytail should be no higher than the tops of the ears and no longer than the tops of the shoulders." —JetBlue

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