Occasionally, airline attendants make an effort to make the
"in-flight safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more
entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or
- From a Southwest Airlines employee.... "There may be 50 ways
to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane..."
- Pilot-"Folks, we have reached our cruising altitude now, so I
am going to switch the seat belt sign off. Feel free to move about as
you wish, but please stay inside the plane till we land...it's a bit
cold outside, and if you walk on the wings it affects the flight
- After landing: "Thank you for flying Delta Business Express.
We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking
you for a ride.
- As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Washington
National, a lone voice comes over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella.
- 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 heck everything has shifted."
- From a Southwest Airlines employee.... "Welcome aboard
Southwest Flight XXX to YYY. To operate your seatbelt, insert the metal
tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other
seatbelt and if you don't know how to operate one, you probably
shouldn't be out in public unsupervised. In the event of a sudden loss
of cabin pressure, oxygen 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 two small children, decide now which
one you love more.
- "Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken
clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you,
and remember, nobody loves you or your money, more than Southwest
- "Your seat cushions can be used for flotation and in the event
of an emergency water landing, please take them with our compliments."
- "As you exit the plane, please 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."
- "Last one off the plane must clean it."
- From the pilot during his welcome message: "We are pleased to
have some of the best flight attendants in the industry...Unfortunately
none of them are on this flight...!
- Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo,
Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day. During the final approach,
the Captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard
landing, the Flight Attendant came on the PA and announced, "Ladies and
Gentlemen,welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your
seatbelts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane
to the gate!"
- 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."
- An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had
hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy
which required the first officer to stand at the door while the
passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying XYZ
airline." He said that in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time
looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a
smart comment. Finally, everyone had gotten off except for this little
old lady walking with a cane. She said, "Sonny, mind if I ask you a
question?" "Why no, Ma'am," said the pilot, "what is it?" The little old
lady said, "Did we land or were we shot down?"
- After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the Flight
Attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your
seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a
screeching halt up against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has
cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you
can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.
- Part of a Flight Attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like
to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get
the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal
tube, we hope you'll think of us here at US Airways."
- Alright, I was on a Southwest flight going into South Padre Island,
Texas. As we landed, which was a bad landing, the head flight attendent
came on and said "We're sorry for the rough landing, but it wasn't the
pilots fault, the copilots fault, the navigators fault, or any of the
stewardesses faults. It was the asphalt." [credit to Krick]
- My friend's dad was taking a trip from John Wayne International in
Orange County, California (In LA) to O'hare, and the pilot was a good ole
boy. After taxing up to the runway, the pilot gets on the speaker and
says "Here we go." Next thing he knew, the pilot starting playing "the
William Tell Overture." Right where it gets to the high point, the pilot
guns that airplane, they go down the runway at most 500 feet and then shot
up into the air. We can tell he cleared the Rocky Mountains with ease.
[credit to Krick]