|Cebu Pacific flight attendants dancing (safety instructions)|
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I bet everybody would pay more attention to safety instructions on a plane if airlines took Cebu Pacific's lead. Look at this, the instructions are not easy to understand, but who cares?
You can use this video (or at least the script) to familiarize yourself with the instructions you will receive on a plane. Each airline explains the instructions in a different way, but they are no bid differences and the kind of language and vocabulary is always the same.
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You can compare this fun version of the instructions with a more standard version from the same airline. The instructions are not literally the same but they are very similar: Cebu Pacific safety instructions aboard.
Ladies and gentlemen, please, direct your attention to the cabin crew, who will demonstrate the safety features of this aircraft. Each seat is provided with a seat-belt. To fasten, put ends together. Tighten seat-belt by pulling loose end and, to unfasten, lift the whole buckle and pull free end to release. In the unlikely event of a water landing, use your individual life vest found under your seat. Remove sharp objects from your body. Put it on, slide the vest over your head. Take the tapes around the waist and push ends to buckle. Pull tape to tighten. When outside the aircraft, jerk (?) inflation jacks to inflate the vest. Manual inflation tubes are found on both sides. Blow to increase air. Push pins inward to release air. Lights will automatically illuminate once the battery tab is immersed in water. Do not inflate the vests inside the aircraft. Please, be reminded that unauthorised removal of life vest from this aircraft is a criminal offense.
The cabin is pressurized, should there be a rapid change in cabin pressure, an oxygen mask will automatically drop from the compartments above you. When this happens immediately grab the mask, pull it towards you, put it over your nose and mouth and breathe normally. If you are travelling with a child, first put on your own mask and then the child's mask. Keep the mask on until you are advised to remove it. Please take note of the emergency exits marked along each side of this cabin, and the exit nearest to you.
For further information, please, refer to the safety instruction card found in the seat pocket in front of you.
For your information, there are slide-rafts in this aircraft. This aircraft is equipped with an escape pass lighting system. In case of an emergency evacuation, the lights will illuminate, leading you to the exits.
Have a fun flight everyone!
CABIN CREW= The flight attendants (formerly called air hostesses or stewards).
DEMONSTRATE= (formal) Show how to do it by doing it.
AIRCRAFT= (formal) Plane.
IS PROVIDED WITH= (formal) Has.
SEAT-BELT= A strap used to secure you to the seat for security reasons (see picture)
FASTEN= Secure, tie. The opposite is UNFASTEN.
TIGHTEN= Make it more tight.
BY PULLING= The construction "by + -ing" is used to explain how to do something:
- The man was breaking the door (that's what he was doing)
- We had to enter the house by breaking the door (that's how we entered)
LOOSE END= The end of the strap which is not fastened, also referred to as the FREE END.
BUCKLE= (see picture)
UNLIKELY= Not probable.
LIFE VEST= (also "life jacket" in BrE) A kind of vest or waistcoat which may be inflated to help you float in the water in case your ship sank or your plane crashed in the sea (see picture).
SLIDE= Move smoothly along a surface.
TAPES= Straps, flat bands of material.
TO BUCKLE= To fasten a strap using a buckle (like when you fasten your belt to secure your trousers).
INFLATE= To put air inside so that it becomes bigger but light.
INCREASE= Make it bigger or have more amount of something.
INWARD= Towards the inside.
UNAUTHORISED= (formal) without permission.
REMOVAL= The act of removing. Taking away. Stealing.
A CRIMINAL OFFENCE= A crime punishable by law.
CABIN= The part inside the plane where passengers are sitting.
PRESSURIZED= If a place is pressurized, it has a special isolation so that the air pressure inside remains constant regardless of the possible changes of pressure on the outside.
GRAB= Take with your hand.
REMOVE= Take off, take away.
TAKE NOTE OF= (formal) Notice. Pay attention to.
FURTHER INFORMATION= (formal) Additional information, more information.
REFER TO...= (formal) Look for the information in...
SLIDE-RAFTS= Inflatable slides attached to the exit doors of a plane so you can jump and slide down on them to evacuate the plane in case of emergency (see picture).
IS EQUIPPED WITH= (formal) Has.
ESCAPE PASS LIGHTING SYSTEM= Illumination along the sides of the way to escape, so you can leave the plane even when it is all dark.
EVACUATION= When everybody has to leave a place (especially because it is or may be dangerous).
This is not the only time airlines try to make it more fun for passengers. Here are some real examples of flight attendant announcements that have been heard or reported:
On a Continental Flight with a very ‘senior’ flight attendant crew, the pilot said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.’
JAPAN AIR LINES
‘In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with more than one small child, pick your favorite.’
‘As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.’
Another flight attendant’s comment on a less than perfect landing: ‘We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.’
After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis , a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced, ‘Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted.’