Tbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1290 times:
For the most part if I've been on the same plane and the same airline I don't pay to much attention. Unless the FA is cute Although I always count the number of seats to the closest exit from my seat, just in case.
LN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1260 times:
I have more hours in the sky than many f/a's ... no, i do not pay much attention to the announcents anymore - mostly because I pretty much know them by heart.
But yes - I make sure I know where my nearest exit is.
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1103 times:
Yes, I do the same as the one pictured. What's worse, I was on a NW flight World Business class recently from MIA-AMS and the flight attendant was taking meal orders (and expalining in depth about the meal/wine options) for the passengers whilse the safety demo was playing. That seems like it's against FAA regs as well as horribly aloof.
FredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 941 times:
I find it amusing in a morbid way. "If the aircraft lands in the clear blue water under a lovely tropical sun here in the subarctic region in January, we will all go out on the wings in an orderly faschion. They will magically be raised way above the water, without a swell in sight."
Imagine if they were truthful? "In case we slam into and through the icelayer on top of the water, the fuselage will most likely break up in several pieces. As the icy cold water comes flooding in, we ask those of you who are still alive and conscious and who aren't trapped in your seats to frantically scramble against the water through the jagged wreckage. It will be pitch dark and a blizzard is reported to be raging along most of our flight route. Have a nice flight! You can find our taxfree offerings on the last page of your onboard magazine."
I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6770 posts, RR: 75
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 868 times:
Call me nuts BUT,
My standard procedure when sitting in an airliner...
Look at the general exit distance, count the number of rows to the nearest exit on BOTH sides. Sit down, look for the lifevest, then strap myself in, look at the safety card to determine the type of lifevest (is it a tie-it-yourself, front centre clip or a side clip type) and the type of door and slide config, then make sure my hand can reach for the emergency oxygen thingy should they be deployed.
If possible, I look at the types of people sitting between me and the exit rows and alternatives. This will enable better anticipation of pax behaviour when evacuation.
At top of descent, the same procedure applies except the oxygen masks...
Other than that, some general notes... Airport config, general observation of water and mountains surrounding the airport.
People have called me nuts, but then again, I have a liferaft, a pair of lifevests, a pair of helmets, written contingency evacuation plans for local and citywide, have a 737 pilot on my speed dial for citywide emergency evacuation (where the jet is fueled up for a 2 hr flight every night and Carry an AirNav map out of the country in my work bag.
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !