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Cringeworthy Mis-announcements By Crew

Sat May 31, 2014 6:30 am

Suppose this has come up before, but my recent flight on a Canadair RJ700 reminded me of a time when a pre-flight shpiel from cabin crew informed us that this was "a Canadian Air [sic] regional jet" - and I think there might even have been one time when crew said it was an "Air Canada" RJ (the Canadair RJ's I've been on were Delta (ComAir, ASA), and United.

But far, far, far, far worse then that was an America West flight I was on that had just touched down at no less an airport than O'Hare, and the F/A announced "Welcome to Chicago International."

        
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Sat May 31, 2014 7:47 am

I've heard Des Monet for DSM & simply Kansas for MCI.
 
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Sat May 31, 2014 8:01 am

When we approached to Sydney, a captain announced "Welcome to Hong Kong...oops I mean Sydney".
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Sat May 31, 2014 10:08 am

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Sat May 31, 2014 5:58 pm

I had a JetBlue stewardess say "Welcome to Palm Beach" upon landing in CHS.
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Sat May 31, 2014 6:47 pm

On a UA flight: "Please direct your attention to the video monitors as we demonstrate the safety features of the Airbus A320 aircraft." We were on a Boeing 757.

On a PSA flight approaching SFO, the Captain had just upgraded from F/O and it was his first flight after completing training. During the approach, a flight attendant got on the P/A and announced: "Please congratulate the Captain as he makes his first landing."
 
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Sat May 31, 2014 6:50 pm

Upon landing in Syracuse, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Pittsburgh. Oh, wait. That was this morning. Welcome to Syracuse."
 
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Sat May 31, 2014 7:42 pm

Quoting bohica (Reply 5):

On a PSA flight approaching SFO, the Captain had just upgraded from F/O and it was his first flight after completing training. During the approach, a flight attendant got on the P/A and announced: "Please congratulate the Captain as he makes his first landing."

     
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Sat May 31, 2014 9:01 pm

After boarding a Mesaba Saab 340: "Welcome aboard flight #### to Eau Claire..." [people start looking around and going "Am I on the wrong flight?"] "...Ooops, I mean La Crosse. It's been a long day."
 
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Sat May 31, 2014 9:37 pm

On a United flight IAD-DFW, we had a F/A welcome us to Houston after landing. And then she proceeded to go on and on about no smoking in the Houston airport, where to go for connecting flight information in Houston, etc. etc. etc. The other F/A had to yell the length of the plane 'we're in Dallas!" because the other attendant wouldn't get off the PA. This was followed by a "oops - welcome to Dallas *click* "
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Sat May 31, 2014 10:22 pm

Frankly, I don't think it's a horrible thing when a wrong announcement is made (or something similarly harmless) by an FA. It adds a little character to the person and lightens the mood a bit.  

[Edited 2014-05-31 15:22:57]
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Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:57 am

Southwest Airlines' F.A.s have been known to ad-lib and crack jokes a lot while doing the welcome announcements during interaction with customers and thank you announcements after the flight.

They are generally pretty serious when it comes to the mandated Federal Safety announcements, but I remember this one from a Southwest flight from HOU-SJC a couple of years ago:

"Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to Southwest Flight #nnnn, [etc.] - the following are the mandatory Federal Fight Safety Instructions - please listen to them carefully, although we know that most of you won't - well it doesn't matter, we're just making it up as we go along anyway...".

The F/A did then point out that she was KIDDING and to please pay attention to the instructions.

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Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:47 am

On many flights, I've had the captain or first officer give that long pause when giving the post-10,000 feet welcome message when he apparently has to look up the flight number because he's forgotten it. As in "ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you aboard flight... uh..." (long pause) "we welcome you aboard flight 350 to Portland today..."

I realize pilots might be flying more than one leg per day and can get confused, but all I can think in these cases is "didn't they have to contact ATC at least a couple of times before this?"

It's even usually the pilot manning the radios who makes that cabin announcement, not the pilot flying, from what I understand.
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Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:09 am

Quoting spacecadet (Reply 12):
On many flights, I've had the captain or first officer give that long pause when giving the post-10,000 feet welcome message when he apparently has to look up the flight number because he's forgotten it. As in "ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you aboard flight... uh..." (long pause) "we welcome you aboard flight 350 to Portland today..."

I realize pilots might be flying more than one leg per day and can get confused, but all I can think in these cases is "didn't they have to contact ATC at least a couple of times before this?"

I have to defend (some of) the pilots on this one. In many cases the flight number the pilots are using with ATC is not the same as the flight number on your ticket. There was a topic in the Tech/Ops forum about this recently.
 
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Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:14 am

On a United flight a couple of years ago: the flight attendant making the landing announcement put a nice cap on the night by welcoming us to “the city of Oklahoma” and the “Oklahoma International Airport”.
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Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:42 am

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 14):
the flight attendant making the landing announcement put a nice cap on the night by welcoming us to “the city of Oklahoma” and the “Oklahoma International Airport”

Before re-branding as Virgin Australia, the scripted announcement for Virgin Blue read "On behalf of the entire crew I would like to thank you for choosing to fly with Virgin Blue, and welcome home to [Sydney], or enjoy your stay here in the [Sydney] area".

I always liked that, and occasionally you do still hear it although it is no longer in the scripted remarks.

For the most part I have no problem with FAs stumbling their lines or getting destinations mixed up, but I can't stand "Mel-born" and "Bris-bane". No. Just no.

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Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:32 pm

Quoting nickh (Reply 11):
Check out the Podcast entitled "Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase!" for some interesting real-life stories from a seasoned F/A's point of view.

Excellent Podcast, highly recommended.
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Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:31 pm

Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 2):
When we approached to Sydney, a captain announced "Welcome to Hong Kong...oops I mean Sydney".

I think a lot of times ones like these are done as a joke, especially when it's a wildly different (and probably far more desirable) place, like not even close. See below:

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 4):
I had a JetBlue stewardess say "Welcome to Palm Beach" upon landing in CHS.
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Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:54 pm

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 17):

Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 2):
When we approached to Sydney, a captain announced "Welcome to Hong Kong...oops I mean Sydney".

I think a lot of times ones like these are done as a joke, especially when it's a wildly different (and probably far more desirable) place, like not even close. See below:

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 4):
I had a JetBlue stewardess say "Welcome to Palm Beach" upon landing in CHS.


At least in my case, it wasn't done as a joke. After the plane returned to JFK, it did indeed go down to PBI and terminate. And, in her apology, she said that she was a few hours ahead of herself.  
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Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:11 pm

I have 3 incidents 

1. Upon arrival at SNA from DFW, the FA announced, "Welcome to Los Angeles Int'l Airport." Everyone's eyes widened 

2. DFW-CRP: "Welcome to Mexico City."

3. DFW-LHR: "Heathrow REGIONAL Airport."  
 
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Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:07 pm

One early morning doing a service announcement about the hot food service I kinda said "I will now be passing through the OVEN with food orders for the cabin". Think I'd be a bit dead passing through an oven...

  

Don't think anyone noticed.

Also have made terrible PAs in Spanish were I said things backwards, and almost said "chalecos SALCHICHAS" instead of "chalecos salvavidas". Almost. Almost said "life sausages" instead of "life jackets." Think I'll just stick to English...
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Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:33 am

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 18):
At least in my case, it wasn't done as a joke. After the plane returned to JFK, it did indeed go down to PBI and terminate. And, in her apology, she said that she was a few hours ahead of herself.

Well, then. I stand corrected in that instance. lol

I've never heard it done by mistake; every time I've heard an annoucement like that, it's clearly been a joke by the crew.
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Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:33 pm

"Welcome on board SJ104 service to Singapore, operated by a Boeing 737-300 combi", once said by a Sriwijaya Air FA.

The aircraft in question was in fact not a combi configuration, and Sriwijaya does not operate any B737 combi. So I was not really sure how she got that combi on the announcement.
 
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Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:08 pm

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 20):
Also have made terrible PAs in Spanish were I said things backwards, and almost said "chalecos SALCHICHAS" instead of "chalecos salvavidas". Almost. Almost said "life sausages" instead of "life jackets."

That's "sausage jackets", not "life sausages".    SCNR
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Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:30 pm

I had one last Friday on AC1908 to DUB from YYZ. The attendant jokingly welcomed us to Shannon before correcting to Dublin. Some find it amusing but I just don't have time for this nonsense. I guess this is the future of Air Canada and its Rouge service
 
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Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:31 pm

Drives me nuts when passing through 10,000 feet and the seat belt sign cycles, the flight attendant announces "Ladies and Gentlemen, we have been cleared to land in ABC, please turn off and stow all PED, etc." Oh really, cleared to land 100 miles from the airport. That's incredible!
 
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Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:40 pm

Quoting fghtngsiouxatc (Reply 25):
Drives me nuts when passing through 10,000 feet and the seat belt sign cycles, the flight attendant announces "Ladies and Gentlemen, we have been cleared to land in ABC, please turn off and stow all PED, etc." Oh really, cleared to land 100 miles from the airport. That's incredible!

I like that too   But I figure there's only a small percentage of us that know enough to notice that error  
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Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:47 pm

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 26):
But I figure there's only a small percentage of us that know enough to notice that error

Indeed. And can you imagine the attitude you'd get from people if you told them anything but "sit down, we're about to land"? You wouldn't have them in their seats before the threshold.
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Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:35 am

I got one of those a few months ago where the captain thanked us for flying with the airline, talked about the destination weather, then ended his PA with "at this point, I'd like to ask the flight attendants to please prepare for takeoff. I mean landing."
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Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:05 am

Quoting MANYUL (Reply 24):
Some find it amusing but I just don't have time for this nonsense.

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Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:34 pm

Quoting MANYUL (Reply 24):
The attendant jokingly welcomed us to Shannon before correcting to Dublin. Some find it amusing but I just don't have time for this nonsense.

With you buckled in while the plane was landing or taxiing, how much of your time did it eat up?
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Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:09 pm

Quoting aloges (Reply 23):
That's "sausage jackets", not "life sausages".    SCNR

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Quoting MANYUL (Reply 24):
Some find it amusing but I just don't have time for this nonsense.

Quote of the thread!   
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Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:32 pm

On a US Airways Express (Republic) flight last week, the Flight attendant kept mentioning that US is a proud member of Star Alliance.
 
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Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:34 pm

Quoting fghtngsiouxatc (Reply 25):
Drives me nuts when passing through 10,000 feet and the seat belt sign cycles, the flight attendant announces "Ladies and Gentlemen, we have been cleared to land in ABC, please turn off and stow all PED, etc." Oh really, cleared to land 100 miles from the airport. That's incredible!

Yep. Also the "cleared for takeoff" remarks when we've only pushed back a few minutes earlier and are not even close to a runway.
 
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Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:32 pm

On one US west coast flight that's over the coast:

"Everyone, we are now flying over the gorgeous xxxxx Beach as you can see out of your right window."

We were above a dense sea of clouds.

We all took the Captain at his word that there was indeed a gorgeous beach below the clouds.
 
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Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:42 pm

Quoting thegoldenargosy (Reply 1):
I've heard Des Monet for DSM & simply Kansas for MCI.

A few years ago I was flying MQ to BDL (aka Hartford/Springfield) and the flight attendant kept referring to it as "Hartford Springs"
 
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Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:47 pm

On approach to LHR an SAS FA started weirdly going on about 'how will the weather would be in London over the next few days' before then bursting into a very loud and mediocre rendition of 'que sera sera' over the PA system. That really made me cringe.
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Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:20 pm

This wasn't really a mis-announcement but intended as a joke that got a few "huh?"s. Upon landing at New York-JFK from Burbank, CA, the FA on this JetBlue flight announced over PA: "ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Jamaica". My neighbor panicked but I assured her we were in NYC.   

P.S. JFK is technically situated in Jamaica, Queens, New York, New York.

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Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:55 am

Quoting foppishbum (Reply 37):
P.S. JFK is technically situated in Jamaica, Queens, New York, New York.

I've always joked that you can fly from Jamaica to Jamaica and need your passport to do it.  
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Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:32 pm

Quoting fghtngsiouxatc (Reply 25):
Drives me nuts when passing through 10,000 feet and the seat belt sign cycles, the flight attendant announces "Ladies and Gentlemen, we have been cleared to land in ABC, please turn off and stow all PED, etc." Oh really, cleared to land 100 miles from the airport. That's incredible!

You know, I probably wouldn't have thought anything of that had I not read this post a few days ago. I was paying attention for it the past few days on my DL flights. Heard that twice.
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Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:35 pm

Quoting MANYUL (Reply 24):
Some find it amusing but I just don't have time for this nonsense.

You must be a very busy person then! Fortunately the rest of us do have time. Maybe you should cut back on your in-flight activities.
 
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Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:47 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 15):
For the most part I have no problem with FAs stumbling their lines or getting destinations mixed up, but I can't stand "Mel-born" and "Bris-bane". No. Just no.

I wonder if your FAs butcher "Norfolk Island" as often as ours butcher "Norfolk, Virginia"?

No, random Delta gate agent, it is not pronounced "Northfork".
 
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Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:54 am

Quoting vatveng (Reply 41):
No, random Delta gate agent, it is not pronounced "Northfork".

I remember a trip through STL not too long ago with incessant announcements by a WN agent for his flight to "New York, New Jersey." Had he not enunciated it so well, I might have thought he was saying Newark slightly wrong. But over and over, it was very clearly "New York."

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Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:16 am

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 42):
Had he not enunciated it so well, I might have thought he was saying Newark slightly wrong. But over and over, it was very clearly "New York."

I had a Delta gate agent announce boarding for our flight 935 to Nork. Not that bad, though, just a dialect difference.   Plus ya can't get too mad at one of the nicest agents you've ever dealt with.
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Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:25 am

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 17):
I think a lot of times ones like these are done as a joke, especially when it's a wildly different (and probably far more desirable) place, like not even close.

I was on the 06:10 BZN-SEA flight on QX on a cold morning a few weeks ago when the FA started her announcements by welcoming us aboard the flight to HNL. She was very obviously joking. I've found QX as well as OO crews will often do things like that.
 
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Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:01 pm

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Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:09 am

My 1969 F/A instructor, a blunt but charming lady instructed us rather eloquently how to pronounce Norfolk. She made sure no one said "Northfork" by having us speak out this little ditty in class. "We don't smoke, we don't drink, Norf**k Norf**k". She ended the lesson with "don't screw it up."
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Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:06 am

On a flight from SAN-SJC the flight attendant said Welcome aboard flight XXX from San Diego to where the hell are we going. Everyone in the cabin laughed and I yelled out SJC!
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Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:12 pm

A few years ago we were flying up to YYT to see family (UA EWR-YYT). The flight attendant, before we pushed back, welcomed us aboard flight XXXX to New Finland. Let's just say a few people had some comments......
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Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:21 am

From a Continental Airlines flight from Newark to Washington/National:

"Ladies and gentleman, welcome to DCA... "

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