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You Have 2 Fasten Seat-belt Before You Know How...  
User currently offlineGodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3566 times:

Hardly do I ever pay attention to the safety demonstration, but no matter which airline, it always starts with how to open and close your seat-belt. Which is ok in itself but I ask myself my they do the demonstration after the crew walked through the cabin a few times making sure that all passengers have tightened their seat-belt already. After all you can not expect the passenger to know how to operate it before it has been demonstrated...

Are there any rules that call for this not-to-thought-through custom?

I'm just glad I know how to work my seat-belt...  Big grin

Max

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User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Hardly do I ever pay attention to the safety demonstration

You probably talk to your neighbour during the Safety demo as well!

I only hope that you never sit near me on an aircraft where passengers have to make an emergency exit, you wouldn't survive, and would probably take down a lot of other innocent people in your arrogance!

Fitting a seatbelt and unlatching it is quite simple, and I'm sure that if there is any doubt a neighbour would be only too pleased to advise and help!





Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3526 times:

Honestly, does anyone actually pay attention to that safety demo at all? I see alot of people here in the U.S. who doesnt give a rats butt about the demo..mainly from frequent flyers who already know about the safety features of said aircraft.


A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3494 times:

I always think it's a bit pointless demonstrating how to use the life-vests if you're on a LHR-MAN flight! Although it could always ditch into Staines reservoir I suppose...  Wink/being sarcastic

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3488 times:

I memorized it! I just read my mother's FA Manual, which has everything they have to say.


Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

Well, even worse than that the safety demo comes after you are being asked to close your seat belt is the content of LHs safety demo on shorthaul flights:

"This is how you open your seat belt and this is how you close it" (FAs show once how to do it).

I find this very strange as no blind passenger who has never operated a seat belt onboard an aircraft before would know how to do it by listening to this announcement.

ZSSNC



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User currently offlineGodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

Carduelis,
good that you know we so well. But you forgot to mention that I also dance in the aisles while the demo is being done...

Fitting a seatbelt and unlatching it is quite simple, and I'm sure that if there is any doubt a neighbour would be only too pleased to advise and help!
You didn't get my question... In my arrogance I just pointed out that it is strange that passengers have to tighten their seat-belts before there has been any instructions of how to do so. Even if it's an easy task you usually first tell somebody how to do something before you actually let him do it.
Is there a pilot out there that got told to fly his 400MTOW plane to a certain airport so that he can meet with a person that can teach him how to fly a plane?!?

Airchabum,
I remember a report back from 1995 when United had started using the 777 between ORD and DEN, if I'm not mistaken. There the announcement was made that "even if do not plan to land on water between ORD and DEN we will now show you how to use your life-vest..."


User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

Which is ok in itself but I ask myself my they do the demonstration after the crew walked through the cabin a few times making sure that all passengers have tightened their seat-belt already. After all you can not expect the passenger to know how to operate it before it has been demonstrated...
It is a good idea to show it anyway, just because you never know what smart alec might come along and create a fuss about how to operate a seatbelt - which I imagine most people should be able to figure out.  Big grin

-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

The reference to landing in Staines Reservoir is somewhat tasteless.

Normally the LHRMAN flights do not go over water. However, there are times, due to ATC, that the aircraft is taken over the sea off North Wales on its approach to Manchester.





Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
User currently offlineGodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

It is a good idea to show it anyway, just because you never know what smart alec might come along and create a fuss about how to operate a seatbelt - which I imagine most people should be able to figure out.
Totally agree, my point is just that it does come at a too late point. After all they usually demonstrate it while the plane is already on it's way to the runway and accidents could already happen there...

Max


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

To be honest, I don't really see the need to watch every moment of the safety lecture. But it would be common decency to pay attention and make yourself aware of what to do if the plane has to ditch somewhere.

Personally I pay attention and at least take on board what is being said. Cause at the end of the day it is going to save your life!

As for the LHR-MAN thing mentioned above, I have done this route a fair few times. I never once had an approach over sea, but that would be interesting to do!  Smile

Just my opinions on the matter,

Many Thanks,

Justin  Big thumbs up

PS: Max, please don't ever be on the same flight as me!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineGodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

Jkw777,
don't you like the idea of me dancing in the aisle? Big grin

As for LHR-MAN I would say that flying over water will not exactly happen often but it's not impossible... Probably just as likely as it is to fly over water on CGN-TXL, a fairly often flown on route of mine.

http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=lhr-man%2C+cgn-txl%0D%0A&RANGE=&PATH-COLOR=red&PATH-UNITS=mi&SPEED-GROUND=&SPEED-UNITS=kts&RANGE-STYLE=best&RANGE-COLOR=navy&MAP-STYLE=

Max


User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 706 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 3194 times:

GodBless -
They main point of the demo is to show or remind people HOW TO UNFASTEN THE SEATBELT! Many people have died or been overcome by smoke/fumes in survivable emergencies as they are STUCK IN THEIR SEAT, unable to unfasten the seatbelt! Many survivor reports mention they thenselves had trouble. In the heat of the moment they think it's like a car seatbelt (probably due to stress/shock). Many survivors report observing people unable to unfasten their seatbelts in rapid evacuations.

Like most things FAs do or request pax to do... It is for a reason! Usually because a poor sole has been injured or killed and our procedures now hope to prevent such from reoccuring.


User currently offlineFinnWings From Finland, joined Oct 2003, 640 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 3192 times:

Prior the depature I always do this quick safety check once on board:

1) Check where is my nearest exit
2) Check where is my alternate exit (2nd nearest)
3) Count the rows to exit... this is important!
4) Check from safety card how to operate those doors

Even I have flown approx. 200 times and opened many thousand times aircraft doors at my previous job I still look carefully through instructions, watch safety demo and do that "checklist". I really recommend same to everyone...

Best Regards,
FinnWings

[Edited 2004-07-25 10:06:15]

User currently offlineGodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 3108 times:

Miami1,
I knew it was for a reason. In this case I just couldn't get behind it...
Using this as precaution for an emergency when you have to leave your seat quickly does make very much sense.

Max


User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

Prior the depature I always do this quick safety check once on board
That is a very good idea. Since I know the plane I am flying on (and I collect safety cards) I tend not to do that, but that is very good anyway.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineNwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 3068 times:

The FARs state that among other things the safety demo must include an explanation on the use and operation of seatbelts. I agreee that it is a little late to show the seatbelt operation after the operator has figured it out, but those are the FARs for you!

As for the LH demo: US Airline flight attendants are supposed to perform a special briefing with any person with a disability. Not sure about LH, but one would think that with a demo like that there would have to be a special briefing, especially for someone who is blind. Just my thoughts on the issue.


User currently offlineFinnWings From Finland, joined Oct 2003, 640 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

SafetyDude:
That is a very good idea. Since I know the plane I am flying on (and I collect safety cards) I tend not to do that, but that is very good anyway.


Thanks SafetyDude... Someone might call me as a safety card collector too... I have a few hundreds of those.  Big thumbs up

FinnWings


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17174 posts, RR: 66
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

I ALWAYS read the safety card, locate the nearest exit and a couple of alternates, check the number of rows from here to there, and at least try to memorize how ALL the exits work.

I also check if there is a life vest present. On a couple of occasions, it has been missing (pilfering pax).

I pay attention to the briefing too.

I know it's a slim chance that I will ever have to use the knowledge, but if I do have to, I will probably not have a chance to read through the safety card, and I would rather spend the time than be taken care of by Darwin.

My wife though I was silly, but since the time I said: "Would you rather take the 3 minutes now, or die since you missed an obvious point?" a couple of years back, she pays attention.


Also, I think VS have the right approach. A humorous safety video ensures more people watch it and remember the details. The droning voices and/or ultraserious tones of most other carriers simply turn pax off and they don't pay attention.



"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineJeffDCA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

Miami1's hit the nail on the head, he's completely right. Just because you know how to do something like undo a seat belt, doesn't mean everyone on the flight does.

Cheers,

Jeff


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2947 times:

Honestly, does anyone actually pay attention to that safety demo at all?

I always pay attention to it, even on the FL 717 which I have flown countless times. because there always might be that small amendment that could count between life and death.


User currently offlineType-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

Well if we have:

People who don't notice what airline they are flying on...
People who can't tell the difference between a 747 and a Dash-8
People who think that they can arrive at the airport 20 minutes before
departure and think that they can still get on their flight
People who think that the F/A's are their personal servants


then we certainly can have people who can't figure out how a seatbelt operates!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineMuttley35 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2870 times:

Just for the record I do pay attention to the safety briefing if only out of courtesy.But as for the seat belt, I have a five year old that can both undo and close/adjust her belt in seconds.
As for instances where people have observed passengers unable to undo their belts would you not say that may be due to (understandably) blind panic as opposed to a lack of knowledge ?
I take my and my family's safety very seriously whether on the ground or in the air but I think we may nit picking just a little over when or what order we are given our safety briefing.


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