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Cringeworthy Mis-announcements By Crew  
User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2735 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

Suppose this has come up before, but my recent flight on a Canadair RJ700 reminded me of a time when a pre-flight shpiel from cabin crew informed us that this was "a Canadian Air [sic] regional jet" - and I think there might even have been one time when crew said it was an "Air Canada" RJ (the Canadair RJ's I've been on were Delta (ComAir, ASA), and United.

But far, far, far, far worse then that was an America West flight I was on that had just touched down at no less an airport than O'Hare, and the F/A announced "Welcome to Chicago International."

        


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User currently offlinethegoldenargosy From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3281 times:

I've heard Des Monet for DSM & simply Kansas for MCI.

User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (6 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

When we approached to Sydney, a captain announced "Welcome to Hong Kong...oops I mean Sydney".


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User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1177 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

We are currently at 350000 Feet and are over the city of London.
---Captain of a LH 748.


User currently offlineMesaFlyGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 3290 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (6 months 22 hours ago) and read 3162 times:
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I had a JetBlue stewardess say "Welcome to Palm Beach" upon landing in CHS.


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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2740 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 months 21 hours ago) and read 3152 times:

On a UA flight: "Please direct your attention to the video monitors as we demonstrate the safety features of the Airbus A320 aircraft." We were on a Boeing 757.

On a PSA flight approaching SFO, the Captain had just upgraded from F/O and it was his first flight after completing training. During the approach, a flight attendant got on the P/A and announced: "Please congratulate the Captain as he makes his first landing."


User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 months 21 hours ago) and read 3152 times:

Upon landing in Syracuse, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Pittsburgh. Oh, wait. That was this morning. Welcome to Syracuse."

User currently offlineMesaFlyGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 3290 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (6 months 20 hours ago) and read 3128 times:
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Quoting bohica (Reply 5):

On a PSA flight approaching SFO, the Captain had just upgraded from F/O and it was his first flight after completing training. During the approach, a flight attendant got on the P/A and announced: "Please congratulate the Captain as he makes his first landing."

     



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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 months 19 hours ago) and read 3104 times:

After boarding a Mesaba Saab 340: "Welcome aboard flight #### to Eau Claire..." [people start looking around and going "Am I on the wrong flight?"] "...Ooops, I mean La Crosse. It's been a long day."

User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 months 18 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

On a United flight IAD-DFW, we had a F/A welcome us to Houston after landing. And then she proceeded to go on and on about no smoking in the Houston airport, where to go for connecting flight information in Houston, etc. etc. etc. The other F/A had to yell the length of the plane 'we're in Dallas!" because the other attendant wouldn't get off the PA. This was followed by a "oops - welcome to Dallas *click* "


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User currently offlineMesaFlyGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 3290 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 months 17 hours ago) and read 3070 times:
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Frankly, I don't think it's a horrible thing when a wrong announcement is made (or something similarly harmless) by an FA. It adds a little character to the person and lightens the mood a bit.  

[Edited 2014-05-31 15:22:57]


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User currently offlinenickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 months 13 hours ago) and read 2997 times:
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Southwest Airlines' F.A.s have been known to ad-lib and crack jokes a lot while doing the welcome announcements during interaction with customers and thank you announcements after the flight.

They are generally pretty serious when it comes to the mandated Federal Safety announcements, but I remember this one from a Southwest flight from HOU-SJC a couple of years ago:

"Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to Southwest Flight #nnnn, [etc.] - the following are the mandatory Federal Fight Safety Instructions - please listen to them carefully, although we know that most of you won't - well it doesn't matter, we're just making it up as we go along anyway...".

The F/A did then point out that she was KIDDING and to please pay attention to the instructions.

Check out the Podcast entitled "Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase!" for some interesting real-life stories from a seasoned F/A's point of view.

-Nick



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User currently offlinespacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3651 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 months 11 hours ago) and read 2973 times:

On many flights, I've had the captain or first officer give that long pause when giving the post-10,000 feet welcome message when he apparently has to look up the flight number because he's forgotten it. As in "ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you aboard flight... uh..." (long pause) "we welcome you aboard flight 350 to Portland today..."

I realize pilots might be flying more than one leg per day and can get confused, but all I can think in these cases is "didn't they have to contact ATC at least a couple of times before this?"

It's even usually the pilot manning the radios who makes that cabin announcement, not the pilot flying, from what I understand.



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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2740 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 months 10 hours ago) and read 2947 times:

Quoting spacecadet (Reply 12):
On many flights, I've had the captain or first officer give that long pause when giving the post-10,000 feet welcome message when he apparently has to look up the flight number because he's forgotten it. As in "ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you aboard flight... uh..." (long pause) "we welcome you aboard flight 350 to Portland today..."

I realize pilots might be flying more than one leg per day and can get confused, but all I can think in these cases is "didn't they have to contact ATC at least a couple of times before this?"

I have to defend (some of) the pilots on this one. In many cases the flight number the pilots are using with ATC is not the same as the flight number on your ticket. There was a topic in the Tech/Ops forum about this recently.


User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 months 9 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

On a United flight a couple of years ago: the flight attendant making the landing announcement put a nice cap on the night by welcoming us to “the city of Oklahoma” and the “Oklahoma International Airport”.


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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5906 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (6 months 9 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 14):
the flight attendant making the landing announcement put a nice cap on the night by welcoming us to “the city of Oklahoma” and the “Oklahoma International Airport”

Before re-branding as Virgin Australia, the scripted announcement for Virgin Blue read "On behalf of the entire crew I would like to thank you for choosing to fly with Virgin Blue, and welcome home to [Sydney], or enjoy your stay here in the [Sydney] area".

I always liked that, and occasionally you do still hear it although it is no longer in the scripted remarks.

For the most part I have no problem with FAs stumbling their lines or getting destinations mixed up, but I can't stand "Mel-born" and "Bris-bane". No. Just no.

[Edited 2014-06-01 00:02:51]


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User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 months 3 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

Quoting nickh (Reply 11):
Check out the Podcast entitled "Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase!" for some interesting real-life stories from a seasoned F/A's point of view.

Excellent Podcast, highly recommended.


User currently offlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 873 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 2):
When we approached to Sydney, a captain announced "Welcome to Hong Kong...oops I mean Sydney".

I think a lot of times ones like these are done as a joke, especially when it's a wildly different (and probably far more desirable) place, like not even close. See below:

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 4):
I had a JetBlue stewardess say "Welcome to Palm Beach" upon landing in CHS.



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User currently offlineMesaFlyGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 3290 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2760 times:
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Quoting cjg225 (Reply 17):

Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 2):
When we approached to Sydney, a captain announced "Welcome to Hong Kong...oops I mean Sydney".

I think a lot of times ones like these are done as a joke, especially when it's a wildly different (and probably far more desirable) place, like not even close. See below:

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 4):
I had a JetBlue stewardess say "Welcome to Palm Beach" upon landing in CHS.


At least in my case, it wasn't done as a joke. After the plane returned to JFK, it did indeed go down to PBI and terminate. And, in her apology, she said that she was a few hours ahead of herself.  



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User currently offlineKenanC From United States of America, joined Aug 2013, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2735 times:
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I have 3 incidents 

1. Upon arrival at SNA from DFW, the FA announced, "Welcome to Los Angeles Int'l Airport." Everyone's eyes widened 

2. DFW-CRP: "Welcome to Mexico City."

3. DFW-LHR: "Heathrow REGIONAL Airport."  



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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2850 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

One early morning doing a service announcement about the hot food service I kinda said "I will now be passing through the OVEN with food orders for the cabin". Think I'd be a bit dead passing through an oven...

  

Don't think anyone noticed.

Also have made terrible PAs in Spanish were I said things backwards, and almost said "chalecos SALCHICHAS" instead of "chalecos salvavidas". Almost. Almost said "life sausages" instead of "life jackets." Think I'll just stick to English...



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User currently offlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 873 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2551 times:

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 18):
At least in my case, it wasn't done as a joke. After the plane returned to JFK, it did indeed go down to PBI and terminate. And, in her apology, she said that she was a few hours ahead of herself.

Well, then. I stand corrected in that instance. lol

I've never heard it done by mistake; every time I've heard an annoucement like that, it's clearly been a joke by the crew.



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User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 617 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2503 times:

"Welcome on board SJ104 service to Singapore, operated by a Boeing 737-300 combi", once said by a Sriwijaya Air FA.

The aircraft in question was in fact not a combi configuration, and Sriwijaya does not operate any B737 combi. So I was not really sure how she got that combi on the announcement.


User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 23, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2492 times:

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 20):
Also have made terrible PAs in Spanish were I said things backwards, and almost said "chalecos SALCHICHAS" instead of "chalecos salvavidas". Almost. Almost said "life sausages" instead of "life jackets."

That's "sausage jackets", not "life sausages".    SCNR



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User currently offlineMANYUL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2013, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

I had one last Friday on AC1908 to DUB from YYZ. The attendant jokingly welcomed us to Shannon before correcting to Dublin. Some find it amusing but I just don't have time for this nonsense. I guess this is the future of Air Canada and its Rouge service

25 fghtngsiouxatc : Drives me nuts when passing through 10,000 feet and the seat belt sign cycles, the flight attendant announces "Ladies and Gentlemen, we have been clea
26 Post contains images MesaFlyGuy : I like that too But I figure there's only a small percentage of us that know enough to notice that error
27 aloges : Indeed. And can you imagine the attitude you'd get from people if you told them anything but "sit down, we're about to land"? You wouldn't have them
28 N243NW : I got one of those a few months ago where the captain thanked us for flying with the airline, talked about the destination weather, then ended his PA
29 Fallap : Flying is serious business.
30 Airstud : With you buckled in while the plane was landing or taxiing, how much of your time did it eat up?
31 Post contains images aerdingus : Ha I don't know which is worse then, thank God I managed to stop meself... Quote of the thread!
32 BlueLine : On a US Airways Express (Republic) flight last week, the Flight attendant kept mentioning that US is a proud member of Star Alliance.
33 threeifbyair : Yep. Also the "cleared for takeoff" remarks when we've only pushed back a few minutes earlier and are not even close to a runway.
34 CdnCactus : On one US west coast flight that's over the coast: "Everyone, we are now flying over the gorgeous xxxxx Beach as you can see out of your right window.
35 sw733 : A few years ago I was flying MQ to BDL (aka Hartford/Springfield) and the flight attendant kept referring to it as "Hartford Springs"
36 RussianJet : On approach to LHR an SAS FA started weirdly going on about 'how will the weather would be in London over the next few days' before then bursting into
37 Post contains images foppishbum : This wasn't really a mis-announcement but intended as a joke that got a few "huh?"s. Upon landing at New York-JFK from Burbank, CA, the FA on this Jet
38 Post contains images MesaFlyGuy : I've always joked that you can fly from Jamaica to Jamaica and need your passport to do it.
39 cjg225 : You know, I probably wouldn't have thought anything of that had I not read this post a few days ago. I was paying attention for it the past few days
40 Burchfiel : You must be a very busy person then! Fortunately the rest of us do have time. Maybe you should cut back on your in-flight activities.
41 vatveng : I wonder if your FAs butcher "Norfolk Island" as often as ours butcher "Norfolk, Virginia"? No, random Delta gate agent, it is not pronounced "Northf
42 Cubsrule : I remember a trip through STL not too long ago with incessant announcements by a WN agent for his flight to "New York, New Jersey." Had he not enunci
43 Post contains images MesaFlyGuy : I had a Delta gate agent announce boarding for our flight 935 to Nork. Not that bad, though, just a dialect difference. Plus ya can't get too mad at
44 redzeppelin : I was on the 06:10 BZN-SEA flight on QX on a cold morning a few weeks ago when the FA started her announcements by welcoming us aboard the flight to
45 Post contains links and images axelesgg : The Swedish airline pilot without license Thomas Salme ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Salme ), said one time on a flight for Air One: Wind in t
46 PI4EVER : My 1969 F/A instructor, a blunt but charming lady instructed us rather eloquently how to pronounce Norfolk. She made sure no one said "Northfork" by h
47 TylerSmithSJC : On a flight from SAN-SJC the flight attendant said Welcome aboard flight XXX from San Diego to where the hell are we going. Everyone in the cabin laug
48 MesaFlyGuy : A few years ago we were flying up to YYT to see family (UA EWR-YYT). The flight attendant, before we pushed back, welcomed us aboard flight XXXX to Ne
49 Post contains images airafreak : From a Continental Airlines flight from Newark to Washington/National: "Ladies and gentleman, welcome to DCA... " Bon Voyage, AirAfreak
50 Opethfan : It wasn't cringeworthy, but I did find it entertaining how much the A3 FA's reminded everyone that they were a part of *A... I'm sure it's quite a poi
51 airindia787 : Upon arrival in DAB the other night, the FA came on the PA system and said "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Dayton..."
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