jamesjimlb
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Jokes On Southwest...

Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:20 pm

I flew with southwest recently, and I noticed they love to crack jokes. Why don't any other airlines do that? Or do some already?

Thanks,
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klm672
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:11 pm

Its just Southwest's style. I've been on a few other airlines that have done somewhat similar or out of the routine annocements.
 
planeguy727
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:34 pm

I've heard little funnies on a number of US based carriers - but never a non-US airline.

I keep a list with flight, airline, route, etc. I''ll try and find it when I get home and post some examples.

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cgnnrw
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:31 pm

Maybe it has to do with an individual airline's corporate culture. If an airline wants to portray itself in a certain light, e.g. serious world leader in airtransport, etc. this may have a trickle down effect on the cabin crew.

I've never flown WN but have heard about their humor on numerous occasstions and as stated already, if its a part of their corporate image it probably works for them. However, nothing is sadder than a non-funny person trying to be funny.

I was going through FLL last year and there was a youngish TSA guy really trying to do his best to get people laughing, to smile, etc. Unfortunately he had no knack for telling a joke and didn't catch on people weren't laughing with him, they were laughing at him.
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PI4EVER
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:37 pm

My favorite from WN. The start of an attention getting safety demo.
"There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only six ways to leave this plane."
On a recent early morning DL flight, the Captain explained he would limit announcements so we could sleep a bit more. He stated "I'll be sleeping as well so enjoy your nap and flight." He laughed and added "A poor joke so early in the morning folks. Rest assured we are wide awake with both hands on the wheel. Now that I have your attention, thank you for flying Delta today."
WN changed the staid and "by-the-book" rules on announcements and it is refreshing to have some humor and levity for things most people take for granted or simply ignore.
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signol
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:18 pm



Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 2):
I've heard little funnies on a number of US based carriers - but never a non-US airline.

Kulula (MN) in South Africa like to crack jokes during the safety demo, and other times...

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planeguy727
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:08 am

Airline Funnies Collected by PG727

11/11/01
US 740 SFO-PIT
“You have boarded flight 740 to Pittsburgh, not Honolulu. If you are traveling to Honolulu, now would be a good time to deplane.”


8/6/00
CO 206 IAH-EWR
“This is the final flight verification that you have boarded flight 206 into Newark. If Newark or a connecting city is not in your travel plans, please de-board at this time. We are preparing to close the main cabin door. Once the door is closed Newark will become part of your travel plans.”


6/13/99
DL 2448 MCO-IAD
“Please pay attention to our flight crew as they give you important safety information. There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 6 ways to leave this plane.”

“Please be sure to use the space under the seat in front of you and the enclosed overhead bin for your baggage. These spaces are, however, not suitable for mothers in law, ex-spouses or any parts thereof.”

“Once again it is Delta’s policy for you to keep your seatbelt fastened at all times. We do this for two reason: 1) Your Safety – if you don’t and we encounter turbulence, you may find the flight a little more exciting than planned, and 2) Our convenience – we are not in the NBA and have difficulty serving drinks to you if you are on the ceiling.”

“The magic Ouija board says we should be arriving on time.”

“We have turned off the fasten seat belt sign – feel free to wander aimlessly about the cabin.”


DATE Unknown
US 5820 LGA-IAD
“This is only a 42 minute flight so unless you are dying, you won’t get anything to eat or drink.”

“Sorry about the delay – are ya’ll ready to go?”

“Federal law prohibits tampering with, disabling or destroying the smoke detector in the bathroom – I WILL catch you, so don’t even try.”

“FAA regulations require your compliance with lighted signs, placards and everything I say.”

“Sorry about the delay – the captain said ya’ll didn’t pack enough stuff and we need to rebalance the aircraft.”


DATE Unkown
Waiting for a USX flight at IAD
“Passengers on the cancelled Philadelphia flight – you can claim your bags on carousel 10 in the Main Terminal. You can either recheck them or try again another day.”

Waiting at UA baggage claim at IAD
“Please keep children away from the baggage belt – articles of clothing can get caught and we would hate to see anything happen to them.” [my question – the clothes or the children?]


DATE Unknown
UA ???? ORD-IAD
“Please keep all bags out of the aisle until we have arrived at the gate and the captain has turned off the fasten seat belt sign.” [About 1 minute later] “That includes green bags.”


DATE Unknown
AA 482 DFW-IAD
“We are about 13 minutes early and waiting for a gate agent.” [A few minutes later] “The agent has arrived and is accelerating the jet-bridge to ramming speed now.”


DATE Unkown
DL 2234
“The weather tonight in South Florida is the same as it has been since they invented the weatherman – Mostly clear with a few scattered clouds and a temperature of 85 degrees.”

09/06/2006
AA 557 EWR-DFW
“If your idea of hanging out in front of the bathroom is a good way to meet people, I suggest you contact the Chamber of Commerce in Dallas or Fort Worth for some new ideas.”

“I think I’ll follow my wife’s advice and ‘shut up honey.’”


12/13/06
NK 325 LGA-DTW
“If you are on your phone now is the time to say ‘luv ya bye bye.’”

“if Detroit is not in your travel plans – too bad – it is now – we want to go home.”


I have more somewhere - and the fact that I write them down makes me such the a.nut
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ThirtyEcho
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:53 am

WN, of course, has always been the industry leader in this venue:

From about 1975:

"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, the oxygen masks will drop down and, after y'all quit screaming..."

Same era, from the flight deck:

"Sit down and shut up and we'll get this puppy to Dallas."

Later in the decade, from the Captain:

"The outside air temperature above the runway is 135 degrees. We need to return to the gate and throw some junk off of this airplane. We'll start by offloading some fuel; after that, we might have to dump some baggage or people. Your Captain, as always, will be the last to leave the ship."
 
jamesjimlb
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:27 pm



Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 6):
“We have turned off the fasten seat belt sign – feel free to wander aimlessly about the cabin.”




That is my favorite so far ^^










On my WN flight from ORD-OMA the second we were airborne the F/A announces "To the owner of a white Jeep Cherokkee, you left your lights on"  silly 
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elbandgeek
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:17 am



Quoting Jamesjimlb (Reply 8):
On my WN flight from ORD-OMA the second we were airborne the F/A announces "To the owner of a white Jeep Cherokkee, you left your lights on" silly

I highly doubt that happened. I couldn't imagine a WN F/A do that on an ORD-OMA flight.  Wink
 
BE77
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:05 pm

I think it's WS policy to keep it light - never been on a flight without it.

Some examples -
If you would listen to the following safety presentation, we would be shocked and amazed....

If you haven't been in a car since 1954, this is a seatbelt and this is how it works...

Smoking area is just past the end of the wing.

A common one is about the masks - placing you own first before helping children, and by the way ladies - that doesn't include your husband.

Even when going into the US, for which the safety briefing (apparently) has to be more formal, they get people listening by making comments about the required formality (apologising and mocking it a bit) both before and after the the actual demo.

Taxing in to the terminal they usual have a bad joke (chicken crossing road or very bad pun type joke) that is usually well told.

Mostly it seems to me that their approach actually gets people's attention (even the people who are obviously seasoned travellers) so I figure it works.
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AzoresLover
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:25 pm

WN in the 1990's, on a flight going to MDW, during pushback, the FA announced that we had a VIP on board, but he didn't want a lot of attention paid to him, he just wanted a quiet flight to Chicago. But he did agree to stand up and let you recognize him before the flight. He is sitting in the back of the plane, "So at this time please turn to the back of the plane and say Hello to Michael Jordan." Instantly there was a loud "WO..O..O..O" and everyone turned to face the rear to see him. After a couple seconds, the FA continued..."Now that we have your attention, we'd like to go over the safety features of this aircraft..."

This got a BIG laugh out of everyone...
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andz
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:18 am



Quoting Signol (Reply 5):
Kulula (MN) in South Africa like to crack jokes during the safety demo, and other times...

I cringe when I hear them, I don't know how those having to say these things must feel as you can tell that they are not being spontaneous.
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jeffry747
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RE: Jokes On Southwest...

Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:31 am

On a WN flight some years ago:

"Your seatbelt should be worn like Britney Spears' pants: Low and tight around the hips!"

And another one I filmed a while back:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgFMYMlli_Y
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