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Automated Announcements In Mid-flight?  
User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1362 posts, RR: 4
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7098 times:

Sorry if been posted before, but searching is sometimes imperfect.

An AA flight I took to SFO two weeks ago had three spots of chop. The first spot, the pilot got on and said in pilotly drawl * about some chop. The other two times there was a recorded announcement along the lines. "The captain has turned on the seat belt sign. please return to your seats, yadda, yadda, yadda..."

And yes it was recorded, you can tell. Also the two announcements sounded exactly the same.)

Now I've had automated safety briefings innumerable times, but I have never had an automated fasten seatbelt announcement in mid-flight.

Trend?


* Why do all pilots in the US have that pilotly drawl? Where are the captains from Dah Bronx? Brooklyn? South Boston? (I would love to hear that - "Sorry, folks, we ah waiting faw a gate so we can pahk the plane. Just a few maw minutes")


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7086 times:

When I flew the 757's NRT-PUS-NRT on NW, they had that. That was in '04


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User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7077 times:

Unless I am really out of it, or they started in the past month, United does nothing of the sort.


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User currently offlineFlyhi From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7055 times:

Monarch Airlines in the UK has an automatic recorded announcement on their A300. It comes on automatically as soon as the flight deck turn on the fasten seat-belt sign in the cabin. Cabin crew have to make a dash to the front galley to turn the announcement off before it proceeds to make announcements in a series of other languages.

I have also heard an automatic announcement to extinguish cigarettes when the no-smoking sign is turned on. This happened when the flight deck came on-board once and the no-smoking sign was not turned on. Of course, smoking has not been allowed on-board for a long time and this sign is normally left on permanently.


User currently offlineMicstatic From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 775 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6994 times:

I was on a midwest 717 that had them as well.


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19415 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6940 times:



Quoting Csavel (Thread starter):
Now I've had automated safety briefings innumerable times, but I have never had an automated fasten seatbelt announcement in mid-flight.

I've had them. I even had them aboard an Air Austral MD80 from EZE to USU back in the late '90's. They're especially useful in environments where the cabin crew may not speak the set of languages that the pax on the flight need. For example, AA serves a large Latino population, even on domestic service. You can't have a Spanish-Speaking F/A on each flight. So the automated announcements can be a godsend.


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6916 times:



Quoting Csavel (Thread starter):
Trend?

Some Continental 73s have them as well (I know I've heard it on some of my 738 flights, I'm not sure about the 73Gs or 739s. For some reason I can't put my finger on, I really dislike them and I'm glad it's not in use on all flights.

On a couple flights, it seemed like the FAs were "running for the PA" and cut off the automated accouncement -- you'd here the recorded "(Ding) Ladies and Gentle..." followed by another ding and the purser making the "Sit down, buckle up you idiot" announcement

Now my question is is this something the captain has control over or if an aircraft is equipped with this 'feature' there's no way to turn it off? Based on how relatively rarely I've hear it, it either seems like a small portion of the fleet is equipped ot it spends a lot of time in the off position

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
You can't have a Spanish-Speaking F/A on each flight. So the automated announcements can be a godsend.

Off topic, but I can't imagine that Bilingual English/Spanish is that hard to come by especially in the southern part of the US, I know in High School, for example, 80% of my class was learning Spanish, and I think an even higher percentage when I was at college... And what if the non-English or limited-English passenger needs assistance besides fastening their seatbelt?



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User currently offlineNicksaab From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6873 times:

9W - Jet Airways, have them it on some of their domestic 737 fleet.

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19415 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6869 times:



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 6):
Off topic, but I can't imagine that Bilingual English/Spanish is that hard to come by especially in the southern part of the US, I know in High School, for example, 80% of my class was learning Spanish, and I think an even higher percentage when I was at college... And what if the non-English or limited-English passenger needs assistance besides fastening their seatbelt?

High school Spanish (or any other language) is hardly enough to get you by in that language. To truly learn a language, you need immersion and regular use.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6857 times:
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SAA have recorded messages but they don't seem to be automated. The senior F/A will make an announcement about the flight number, the Captain's name, and the routing then the recorded voice will carry on. At the start of descent there is another message, then on final, and again after landing. This does not apply to all flights though, it seems to be used in inverse proportion to the quality of the diction of the senior F/A.


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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6850 times:

Aeroflot has something like this on their A319s/A320s/A321s. It really surprised me; most of the announcements are automated rather than man made.

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User currently offlineAQ737 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6826 times:

Most of Hawaiian Airlines interisland 717 flights have the majority of in-flight announcements by automated voice. I don't like them either, especially because you lose that personal feel.

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User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2167 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6799 times:

Heck,,,,the original NA had them on the 727 fleet on a rotary selector knob by 1L door....remember they used them to play the 'abeam' game...guess what time the flight would pass a certain waypoint and win a bag of oranges. One flight the captain came thru and gave the winning time before reaching the waypoint and everyone won..except one yokel who firmly believed the captain was trying to have no one win....dummy.

User currently offlineSac From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 98 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6786 times:

At CO we have them on the 752 fleet, AVOD 777's. On the 764, 762, and non AVOD 777 we have a prerecorded announcement, but has to be programed and manually played each time. Not sure about the 737 fleet.

User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7506 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6751 times:

On AA, their 763's do that. I recently flew LAX-MIA in J and the two spots we hit chop, the announcements to sit down and buckle up were automated.


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24870 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6716 times:



Quoting Boston92 (Reply 2):
United does nothing of the sort.

The newly reconfigured 763 and 744 have them.



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User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6652 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 15):
The newly reconfigured 763 and 744 have them.

Well, I haven't been on either  Smile .



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21528 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6555 times:



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 6):
Some Continental 73s have them as well (I know I've heard it on some of my 738 flights, I'm not sure about the 73Gs or 739s. For some reason I can't put my finger on, I really dislike them and I'm glad it's not in use on all flights.

Yeah, I can't stand them. So much less personal than an actual human being getting on the PA. I understand them for other languages, but to have them for English as well (on US airlines at least) is ridiculous.

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User currently offlinePiskoto From Cyprus, joined Nov 2006, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6539 times:

Does this count???
Emirates also on turbulence...
''Ntoung! Please fasten your seatbelts.''
And then of course in arabic.
And immediately the seatbelt signs illuminate


User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2266 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6533 times:

All of AA's 763s and 777s have automated announcements. When the 757s get their makeover starting later this year, they'll have automated announcements as well.

When you first set-up the flight information into the system it automatically selects all applicable languages depending on the city pair entered. There is also a feature called "night mode" which prevents PAs from being made automatically, but the system will still show the video PA, just without audio.

There are other PA's which play automatically during boarding and after takeoff and landing. Then there are a bunch of other automated PAs that can be selected by the crew to play when the crew wants them to play (like international arrivals info). As a purser I love that I don't have to make so many PAs anymore. It makes my job easier, and it gives my jaw a break as well.



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6437 times:

If they get the message across, that doesn't worry me. I think they should have them in several languages so all you have to do is push a button and it will play the message rather than have the FA's mispronounce all the words.


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13517 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6405 times:
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Quoting AQ737 (Reply 11):
Most of Hawaiian Airlines interisland 717 flights have the majority of in-flight announcements by automated voice. I don't like them either, especially because you lose that personal feel.

I thought they were just fine on my recent HNL-OGG and OGG-HNL-LIH flights. In fact, I'd argue that the automated announcements give the flight crew more time to interact with the customers on a personal level on those quick interisland hops.



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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3659 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6385 times:



Quoting Sac (Reply 13):
Not sure about the 737 fleet.

They have them on the newer 737s (738s, 739s, 73NGs, and prob 739ERs). I think it depends on the crew if they use them or not. My most recent IAH-SEA-IAH both on 738s, both flights utilized them. Other times I had taken this route, it had been rare the automated ones would go on.

On international flights, I have heard automated announcements in German (EWR-TXL), Greek (EWR-ATH-EWR), and Dutch (AMS-IAH). Was hoping to hear it in Chinese (Cantonese) on my flight to HKG, but the ISC did not play them.



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User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6355 times:

AA has it on there 767's and maybe other a/c
its like in a womens voice "the captain turned on the fasten seat belt sign please return to your seat and fasten your seat belt, thank you."
and it goes on when the seatbelt sign goes on.



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User currently offlineBALHRWWCC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6314 times:



Quoting Piskoto (Reply 18):
Does this count???
Emirates also on turbulence...
''Ntoung! Please fasten your seatbelts.''
And then of course in arabic.
And immediately the seatbelt signs illuminate

And it scares the hell out of when you are fast asleep on a night sector.

I know at BA we have the facility for such recorded announcements on some of our aircraft but the company have turned it off. Instead electing for the crew to check the cabin. Also it means pax asleep and who are strapped in aren't disturbed unnesecarily.

I believe all 777 have the pre recorded announcement fitted as standard...


25 Wjcandee : I'm falling over dead that you don't know this. One name: Chuck Yeager. If you don't get it, look him up.
26 AA 737-800 : I think the automated seatbelt announcements are likely a system to protect the airlines from lawsuits in situations where the pilot needs to quickly
27 MHTripple7 : So true. I was on an EK flight once trying to sleep and we went through some rough air and all of a sudden I hear this extremely loud "Please fasten
28 FURUREFA : I flew LHR-BOS last Wednesday in F and prior to arrival an automated announcement was made telling us that our Bose QC3 Noise Canceling Headsets were
29 Post contains links PDXBJV : Well, here is an interesting one, one that I hope I never have to hear....http://youtube.com/watch?v=g80dWAN9isY I didn't even think that they had pre
30 GCDEG : On our 738 fleet whenever the seatbelt sign is switched on there is an automated voice that comes over the PA and says - "Direct access message number
31 Wolflair : Or even worse, you are watching a film, right on the climax and the £$%"&! announcement comes up, pausing your film, breaking the moment built into
32 AA777223 : I was on Turkish Air recently and on their A320, A321, and 738s they all had automated announcements for fasten seatbelt for descent and chop.
33 Piskoto : True. Not to mention that your stomach becomes frappe immediately after! Note: Frappe is the greek iced coffee made with a shaker Malev has also some
34 XXMHxLHx5LXx : I've been on an SN Jumbolino from MUC to BRU in January 2007. I remember the male cabin crew making announcements in English and Dutch and his female
35 Xtoler : I can not stand the automated safety briefings, and now some while in flight. Half the time the CD would skip, or something wouldn't work. Plus, I als
36 Peteg913 : CO 737NG's have them; I would guess it is perhaps a feature of NG 737's...were you on one?
37 Xtoler : These recordings aren't built in by the manufacturer that I know of. It's just an option of the specific airline. Our CD players were players you'd fi
38 Ikramerica : I think it's a great thing, and makes everyone's life easier. All the pilot/F/A has to do is press a button, and then go about their business, and the
39 Csavel : On AA, their 763's do that. I recently flew LAX-MIA in J and the two spots we hit chop, the announcements to sit down and buckle up were automated
40 Ikramerica : IIRC from my recent transcons, they have the same system on the 762 flagship birds. But we didn't have much turbulence on any of the flights, so can'
41 Xtoler : You must have better equipment than we did. Chuck's from WVA. I was based in RIC, VA, so I liked to give my accent as that. The further south we'd go
42 Yflyer : On an NWA flight to MSP last year, I swear our captain sounded exactly like Louie Anderson. In other words, he definately sounded like a native Minne
43 AznMadSci : Yum! Frappe!!! Ooops ... sorry! I'm just now craving a frappe!!! Maybe 2 buttons since when the pilots turn on the seat belt sign, the announcement d
44 QQflyboy : Not there yet, but it's coming in the next couple of months as AA finishes the planned upgrades to the 762s.
45 777gk : CO's 737-500s have the capability for automated announcements, but they have to be dialed up in a borderline complex procedure that probably takes mor
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