I've noticed that whenever I fly, about 15 minutes before landing, a flight attendant will usually make an announcement like "Ladies and Gentlemen, we have been cleared for landing, please bring all seatbacks and traytables to their upright and locked position and stow away your carryon luggage." Why do flight attendants say "we have been cleared for landing" when no tower will clear you for landing that far out, and in fact the aircraft is still talking to Center or Approach Control? Usually a landing clearance is recieved approximately 3 to 10 miles out, and I find it especially funny when I hear this announcement, and know full well that the tower is closed and can't possibly "clear us to land". Ok, maybe I'm being nitpicky here, but I prefer when they more accurately say "Ladies and gentlemen, in preparation for landing....bla bla bla."
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