|Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 46):|
Of course, I don't actually believe F/As are there for PRIMARILY for my safety. At least not ALL of them at once...
They are there, primarily, to get the planes in and out on time and make sure passengers follow as many rules as they can. And on longer flights to serve food and talk about their weekends.
And there are other F/A's who have a primary role other than safety.
For example, on QF 744s, there seems to be one F/A who is there "primarily because he knows how to reset the troublesome AVOD system and does so on a continual basis throughout the flight."
Oh Please!!! Primarily means firstly. F/A's are firstly (primarily) onboard an aircraft to ensure the safety of the pax. This is both in general day-to-day operations, as well as in case the sh*# hits the fan.
Yes, food and beverage service is a big part of an F/A's job, but this doesn't mean it's their primary function (it's just what you see most of).
As for you 'example'; I think not. Yes, F/A's all have specific responsibilites (on top of ALL
crew being safety operators), but they are only determined by the position in which they are working on a particular flight, and change for every flight.
By the way, there is no one position at QF
in charge of reseting IFE, we can all do it.