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Does Turblence Ever Worry F/A's?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 7:46 am

I've seen several posts since I joined anet about PAx worrying about turbulence. What may be a totally normal bump, or series or bumps! to F/A's may seem routine to them but worisome to the PAX. No news there.

But I am curious about the F/A perspective. Are there ever times you are personally worried? I mean, aside from the normal worry about PAX safety, securing the cabin, and calming pax concerns, will we be delayed, etc.

Civvy here, just curious.

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RE: Does Turbulence Ever Worry F/A's?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 12:07 pm

I'm not an F/A, but I too worry about turbulence when walking around the cabin. I am more worried about the sudden drop type of turbulence that sends everything including unfastened passengers into the ceiling.

Every flight has choppy air at one point or another, but worries of sudden drops keep me seated and tightly fastened. I'm not going to risk getting my neck broken by strolling through the cabin like I'm on the ground... heck no!
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RE: Does Turblence Ever Worry F/A's?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 12:21 pm

What are the chances of that ever happening? Now you got me thinking about that Flybyguy.

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RE: Does Turblence Ever Worry F/A's?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 12:37 pm

Most of the time my flights hit turbulence, the FA's are usually most worried about not spilling the drink they are holding and/or falling into someone's seat. They fly so often I think the common fears of injury go over their heads most of the time.
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RE: Does Turblence Ever Worry F/A's?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 4:39 pm

As far as im concerned, i only worry about people that ignore the sign and what can happen to them. All we are required to do is make the announcement and inform passengers who ignore the warning. Beyond that, im not chasing some knuckle head around the plane. Ill have a seat myself and enjoy the ride. One particular time I was seated in 26D (last aisle on the A320) and this girl got up when we were in really bad turbulence, and the FA across the aisle in 26C and I ended up holding on to her in the aisle  Nuts When you see the entire crew is down, GET THE HINT. We are highly veteraned with turbulence, and know what we can get away with - so have a seat.

As far as being worried about the safety of flight - NEVER. The aircrat isnt going to fall out of the sky. Ive been in some really nasty turbulence and never been worried for the aircrafts safety.
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RE: Does Turblence Ever Worry F/A's?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 6:01 pm

My mom once told me that whether it's turbulence, bad weather, or some sort of emergency, never worry unless you see the flight attendants starting to worry.

Thought that was pretty funny until one of my closest buddies whom I told that to when we went to Europe was on a flight that had to dump fuel and make an emergency landing because they couldn't get the landing gear down. He was all being the brave one in his family and calming down surrounding pax until he said he saw one of the F/As fighting back tears as she taught people the brace position. Then he started to freak out and think it was all over.

(Fortunately, it ended A-OK.)
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RE: Does Turblence Ever Worry F/A's?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 6:38 pm

I remember being on an AC flight from YYZ-YVR in 1999 (762). About an hour out of YVR, the passengers began smelling smoke in the cabin. The F/O then came back to inspect the situation, and a male flight attendant started going through the overhead bins while armed with a fire extinguisher. A lot of people were freaked out, along with two flight attendants who were holding back tears in the rear of the aircraft while trying to comfort each other. Just because F/As fly a lot does not necessarily they are more immune to fear than any other passenger. The flight landed safely without incident. Probably the worst experience that I've had in aviation though.

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