49 U.S. Code § 44728 - Flight attendant certification
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(a) Certificate Required.—
(1) In general.— No person may serve as a flight attendant aboard an aircraft of an air carrier unless that person holds a certificate of demonstrated proficiency from the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Upon the request of the Administrator or an authorized representative of the National Transportation Safety Board or another Federal agency, a person who holds such a certificate shall present the certificate for inspection within a reasonable period of time after the date of the request.
(2) Special rule for current flight attendants.— An individual serving as a flight attendant on the effective date of this section may continue to serve aboard an aircraft as a flight attendant until completion by that individual of the required recurrent or requalification training and subsequent certification under this section.
(3) Treatment of flight attendant after notification.— On the date that the Administrator is notified by an air carrier that an individual has the demonstrated proficiency to be a flight attendant, the individual shall be treated for purposes of this section as holding a certificate issued under the section.
(b) Issuance of Certificate.— The Administrator shall issue a certificate of demonstrated proficiency under this section to an individual after the Administrator is notified by the air carrier that the individual has successfully completed all the training requirements for flight attendants approved by the Administrator.
(c) Designation of Person To Determine Successful Completion of Training.— In accordance with part 183 of chapter 14, Code of Federal Regulation, the director of operations of an air carrier is designated to determine that an individual has successfully completed the training requirements approved by the Administrator for such individual to serve as a flight attendant.
(d) Specifications Relating to Certificates.— Each certificate issued under this section shall—
(3) is  similar in size and appearance to certificates issued to airmen;
(e) Approval of Training Programs.— Air carrier flight attendant training programs shall be subject to approval by the Administrator. All flight attendant training programs approved by the Administrator in the 1-year period ending on the date of enactment of this section shall be treated as providing a demonstrated proficiency for purposes of meeting the certification requirements of this section.
(f) Minimum Language Skills.—
(1) In general.— No person may serve as a flight attendant aboard an aircraft of an air carrier, unless that person has demonstrated to an individual qualified to determine proficiency the ability to read, speak, and write English well enough to—
(B) speak and understand English sufficiently to provide direction to, and understand and answer questions from, English-speaking individuals;
(g) Flight Attendant Defined.— In this section, the term “flight attendant” means an individual working as a flight attendant in the cabin of an aircraft that has 20 or more seats and is being used by an air carrier to provide air transportation.
 So in original. Probably should be “be”.
Source(Added Pub. L. 108–176, title VIII, § 814(a),Dec. 12, 2003, 117 Stat. 2590; amended Pub. L. 112–95, title III, § 304(a),Feb. 14, 2012, 126 Stat. 58.)
References in Text
For effective date of this section, referred to in subsecs. (a)(2) and (d)(5), see Effective Date note below.
The date of enactment of this section, referred to in subsec. (e), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 108–176, which was approved Dec. 12, 2003.
2012—Subsecs. (f), (g). Pub. L. 112–95added subsec. (f) and redesignated former subsec. (f) as (g).
Pub. L. 108–176, title VIII, § 814(c),Dec. 12, 2003, 117 Stat. 2592, provided that: “The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) [enacting this section and amending the analysis to this chapter] shall take effect on the 365th day following the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 12, 2003].”