cmckeithen
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Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:49 am

I notice that once they FA's close the overhead bins for departure, the FA that is up in the front of the plane who belongs in the back starts heading towards the aft. While doing this, he/she runs his/her's hand on top of the overhead bins.

Why do they do this?
 
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:51 am

make sure there closed
 
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead

Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:52 am

To make sure that all overhead bins are closed properly.

Or in the case of the really old f/a's, for balance, because their itty bitty legs can't support their weight.  Big grin
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:55 am

Hell i do it and i'm not an FA! It is an easy way to keep your balance when the flight gets bumpy but ya really have to use the toilet.
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:57 am

I would appreciate it if a Flight Attendant would answer this one.

Thanks for yall insight though.
 
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:09 am

As a flight attendant I do it for balance and to make sure the bins are closed. Sometimes with a powerback or tug push you can get jerked around and end up in someones lap.

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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:11 am

They do a quick dusting.............
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:13 am

Ahem, I was a flight attendant, and the first part of my answer was serious ... to ensure they are closed. You are welcome for the insight.
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:13 am

Its a new security measure that they aren't allowed to discuss. Why are you so curious about this anyway? Are you Al Qaeda?
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:16 am

To make sure they are closed.. Also helps with balance when you are taxing..
 
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:18 am

My My. Someone is as sarcastic as I am usually, today  Smile


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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:21 am

"I would appreciate it if a Flight Attendant would answer this one."

Well, it's pretty obvious. I'm sure you can trust the 5 or so identical answers.


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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:45 am

They do this to make sure they're secure prior to take-off. Otherwise if they weren't secure they would fling open on rotation.
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:49 am

Makes you wonder how it was before when overhead bins didn't have lids.
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:52 am

Back in the good 'ol days they probably used rope to secure down the luggages in the overhead compartments so they wouldnt go all over the place on rotation.
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:52 am


I've never thought of doing that... so many times, I would walk in the cabin to verify passengers (tickets not lifted, etc.) and would accidently bump into a passenger just from loosing balance. LOL.
 
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:52 am

Capt:

You just ran your hand over the lip at the edge of the over head rack.

Wow, did I just date myself. I do miss those BAC 1-11's. NOT !

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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:08 am

I used to do it on finals as well a before departure. You'd be amazed how many pax think they had the bin shut, especially during turbulence. And there's nothing like a bin popping open on landing; especially with thrust reversers wide open.  Big grin
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead

Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:26 am

I have always wondered about this too. I do it (I'm not an F/A) anyway while walking through the aisle - basically in case of turbulence, I have something to grab onto to stop myself from falling or losing balance. Especially on a plane with a tiny aisle, it's good to hold onto something.

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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:56 am

What is a powerback?
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:00 am

Powerback is used when no tug is available and, so they use the thrust reversers on the aircraft to back the plane away from the gate.
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:36 am

Cmckeithen,

I think B747-437B was only kidding. Airline personnel often get hassled with comments like "You can't tell people how you shut-off an aircraft!" and "Hey, that information is privileged!" I myself thought B747-437B's joke was quite funny.

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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:38 am

Guess so. I did jump the gun on that one. But the one by that guy from India was TOTALLY un-called for.
 
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:38 am

on that one and on a thousand others.

!. to make sure the bins are closed.

2. for balance.

end of thread.

 
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:56 am

somewhat related:
one time on a L1011 FLL-ATL, the screen that projects the video fell off the wall during takeoff...i believe that furthermore the safety video was still playing!
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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:59 am

The last time I was flying on my first flight I saw the flight attendant do that on her way back to the rear of the aircraft. During that same flight, I had to use the lav and it was a little bumpy so I did as she did when I went towards the back. It really does make you feel more stable walking.

On another flight, I never did see the flight attendant do that and there was a bin that a guy thought he had closed and it wasn't all the way. No one knew it until we were on the runway and took off. Upon rotation as mentioned earlier and climb out, the bin door flew open and a heavy back pack fell out and almost hit a woman in the head. Just after that, the captain "rang" for the flight attendant. I heard her say that it was only something falling out of the bin (I was sitting in a seat across from her jumpseat).

That's why they do it.  Smile

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RE: Why Do FA's Run Thier Arms On Top Of Overhead Bins

Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:59 am

When aircraft had open overhead racks, they contained pillows and blankets. Passengers could put hats and coats up there, but not luggage. That had to go under the seat in front of you.

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