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Spanish Safety Video Cut Short

Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:52 am

I came across a situation that reminded of a recent thread on cabin safety videos/demonstrations not being completed before takeoff. During taxi out on a U.S. domestic (carrier to remain nameless) flight recently the pilots announced "we are #1 for takeoff and flight attendants please secure the cabin for takeoff." The FAs immediately turned off the safety announcement which had already completed in English and was being replayed in Spanish. They then finished securing the cabin while the plane held short of the runway. Shortly after they sat down the plane turned onto the runway and took off. My question is this, if a domestic U.S. carrier plays a second language safety video are they required by the FAA to complete both videos or does playing only the English version satisfy FAA requirements.

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RE: Spanish Safety Video Cut Short

Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:06 am

They are not even required to play a second language video. This is only a courtesy to the spanish speaking (non english speaking) pax and is usually only played in areas of the US where large spanish speaking populations are centered.
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RE: Spanish Safety Video Cut Short

Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:14 am

HP solves this problem by just putting subtitles at the bottom of the screen.
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RE: Spanish Safety Video Cut Short

Sat Jul 02, 2005 7:58 pm

I know that on a great number of Delta flights to spanish speaking countries, their spanish "version" of the safety announcements are extremely short, much shorter than the english version. I think its almost obsolete as most of the safety video includes visual references which everyone can understand.
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RE: Spanish Safety Video Cut Short

Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:06 pm

This has happened to me on several occasions on American Airlines. They just run out of time, so they play the Spanish version after takeoff.

Delta's Spanish-language version is only about 60 or 90 seconds, so I don't think they usually run into the same problem.

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