Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 369 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1768 times:
Im talking about Asian carriers with non-western female crews, who are supposed to be dainty and all the other stuff, "Singapore Girls" failed to handle their first crash in Taipei, PIA's panicked themselves when the planes landing gear collpased on touchdown in Dubai.
What about Iran Air, Air India, Biman, SriLankan, Royal Nepal, Thai, Malaysia, Vietnam Airlines, Myanmar Airways, Lao Airlines, the carriers of the tiny pacific Islands the ones in China and all the others cropping up daily, how well prepared are they for accidents especially since most wear ethnic-uniforms that would probably hamper efforts, Have you seen Vietnam Airlines F/A's flowing tops? South Asia's Sari's and the far Easts Sarongs, Iran Air's Hijab.
PiedmontGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 14 Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1720 times:
Airmale, I've wondered the same thing myself. I remember being in a crew holding area in FCO and looking at a Singapore crew. It struck me that the male F/As in their trousers and flat leather shoes would survive very well. I could not help but wonder how the female F/As in their flowing garb and sandals would do. All that I could imagine was one of those dainty pedicured sandaled feet stepping out of a crashed airplane into smouldering ruins. There would be no protection at all from fire, smouldering objects, sharp objects or anything of the like.
I'm sure they do fine in training. They obviously do wonderful service. However, the mindset has to be on survivial for themselves and their passengers in an emergency.
The reason that F/As in the U.S. do not wear open shoes, like sandals, to work is for safety reasons. In a crash, the feet have to have some protection from fire, sharp or jagged pieces of metal, and the like. We also have to wear clothing that we can move freely in but which will not get in the way during an emergency.
NWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16 Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1677 times:
Could you please explain to us why the FA crew froze and left passengers on the runway accident? Every report I have read on the accident said the Flight Attendants FAILED horribly when it came to EVAC procedure.
I just flew with a Flight Attendant at my Airline (NWA) that was with Singapore and we talk about emergency procedures and he said that the training at Singapore was 99% SERVICE and 1% SAFTEY.
THANK YOU FOR FLYING NORTHWEST AIRLINES, WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS!
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3371 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1582 times:
One good thing about Air Canada. There F/As arent the best in the world, some of em can be old bats. They aint the best when it comes to service but in an emergency youd probably be better off with them... It would be nice if the airlines had a mix, hired the good looking young ones but kept them on right through to a decent retirement. That way some would be better at serving the pax and others would be good at the safety end of things.
It all comes down to you can either have sexy young girls that make the flt funner, or older yet more experienced F/As that can accually do something other than panic in an emergency. I would prefer the safer route on this one.
PiedmontGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 14 Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1581 times:
Sandals have since been replaced during takeoff and landing by shoes which do not slip off.
I meant to comment sooner, and it slipped my mind: I certainly do hope so. Everytime I see "Singapore" posted, the first thing I think about is one of those almost bare feet stepping into a smouldering something or coming down on a piece of sharp metal.