tommy767
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History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:16 am

When did Video safety demonstations begin on aircraft? Was it during the late 80s/early 90s when multiple monitors were hung throughout cabins (757/767) or did they start as early as the L1011 and 747 days of the 1970s?

I thought it would be an interesting topic to bring up.

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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:22 am

The first time I saw a video demo was on a UA flight sometime in '90. I remember them playing the video, but not actually demonstrating it in person. They did however demonstrate on the 1st leg of the trip, as it was a videoless 727.
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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:33 am

I find it interesting that UA does the demonstration manually on the 777. Granted, there are no video screens which can be out for takeoff in first, or business.
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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:39 am

Think I recall seeing a safety video on a Mexicana DC-10 on a Miami-Cancun
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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:47 am

I remember flying on TWA 747s, 767s, and L1011s in the early 80's (1983-1986) that were video-equipped but the safety demo was manual.

The same with United DC-10's and 747s during the same era.

The first time I saw a video demo (I think) was on British Airways in 1986.

The first time I saw a really good video was on United in 1993. That's still the best one--it was beautifully done.

The video is actually a really good idea. It permits a more thoroguh demonstration while leaving the crew able to concentrate on preparing the cabin for departure.
 
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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:57 am

I'd imagine that as time goes by the videos would have better production values. The first video I saw was in 1993 on a CO A300 and from what I recall the video was total crap and the quality the same. I remember back in 1996 on AA the videos had worse quality than now (they have had the same video since like 2002 maybe?)

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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:14 am

The US A330's demos are done manualy as well.
 
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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:55 pm

Quoting Mats (Reply 4):
The video is actually a really good idea. It permits a more thoroguh demonstration while leaving the crew able to concentrate on preparing the cabin for departure.

Actually it's a really bad idea. Many people will just ignore the videos in preparation for takeoff. It is for this reason other airlines arrange for the crew to do a live demonstration, as this usually makes more of an impact on passengers who are watching.

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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:55 pm

SparkingWave, I see your point. Unfortunately the passengers don't exactly pay close attention to the manual demo either.
 
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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:35 am

It looks like the approval of using video for the pre flight safety demonstration was originally in FAA Advisory Circular 135-12 dated October 9, 1984. This is now contained in FAA AC 121-24C. It states:

This method of passenger briefing should be considered when the aircraft is equipped with the necessary video and sound equipment. The advantage of a video tape presentation is the assurance that a complete briefing is given, that the diction is good, and that an overall high quality of briefing is maintained. A video tape presentation also lends itself very well to a multilingual presentation when it is necessary and can include "signing" for the deaf. Airlines using video presentations should have a procedure to ensure that screens used during these presentations, which extend into the aisles, are properly stowed prior to taxi, takeoff, and landing.
 
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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:49 am

Delta's video is pretty good. The copyright is from 2000. Everytime I flew Delta or was in ATL airport I would search for the gorgeous blonde who gives the farewell, " On behalf of Delta employees worldwide (dramatic pause), Thank You for flying with ussss!"
 
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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:43 am

One of the reasons that manual (live) demos are done on aircraft that are video equipped is that all pax need to be able to see the demo from where they are seated.... this means that if they don't have video screens that are wall mounted, they may have to do a live demo.

Each government mandates different rules... I've been up front on a few airlines where the F/As come over and take the monitors out of the armrest to make sure the pax watches the safety video. Other gov'ts require the video to be visible with the armrest monitors stowed away.
 
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RE: History Of Video Safety Demonstrations

Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:09 am

Quoting Expatmatt (Reply 11):
One of the reasons that manual (live) demos are done on aircraft that are video equipped is that all pax need to be able to see the demo from where they are seated.... this means that if they don't have video screens that are wall mounted, they may have to do a live demo.

That reminds me of flying SWA when they had their "lounges". I loved flying "backwards".


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But I did notice that the F/A's rarely gave the safety demo so that the aft facing pax could see the demo.
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