canib7599
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On Board Announcements...

Thu Oct 19, 2006 4:56 am

I have just flown on 2 domestic sectors with TAM. Not a single english
announcement was made, although flights had many foreigners/tourists.
As per cabin-crew on each flight, they had no english speaking flight-attendant. Should, for safety reasons, this not be a minimum requirement?

Appreciate any input/comments, many tks
 
PlymSpotter
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RE: On Board Announcements...

Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:11 am

Its normal for the attendants to speak English, but on a domestic flight within a continent where English is not the first language then I don't think its a requirement.

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acjflyer
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RE: On Board Announcements...

Thu Oct 19, 2006 3:07 pm

I may be off here but from what I understood careers that dealt with aviation whether they be foreign or domestic needed to have English as the main or second language of the employees. Can anyone help me out on this?
 
rootsair
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RE: On Board Announcements...

Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:38 pm

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 1):
Its normal for the attendants to speak English, but on a domestic flight within a continent where English is not the first language then I don't think its a requirement.

Dan Smile

well said Dan
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canib7599
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RE: On Board Announcements...

Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:22 pm

My main concern was : SAFETY.....
Iguacu caters to tourists, so just making Portuguese announcements
appears to be a potential safety issue, in case of any emergency.
 
DesertAir
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RE: On Board Announcements...

Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:56 pm

For those who fly on a regular basis, we are familure with the usual safety features of most aircraft. In the seat pockets there is always information in pictures about exits. If I am not able to understand the language being spoken, then I should take on the responsibility of knowing where exits are. In an emergency, follow those who understand.
 
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RE: On Board Announcements...

Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:31 pm

I flew IXM-MAA (9W AT7) in December last year and the cabin crew spoke English, Tamil and Hindi.
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