“Welcome aboard ladies and gentleman. Can I please have your attention while I explain how to fasten a seat belt, use a life jacket, and request that you don’t smoke in the bathroom.”
Listening to the in-flight passenger announcements is just another mundane step in the flying process, right up there with going through security, boarding the plane, and attempting to stay comfortable in those small, stiff seats. While presented with good intentions, the biggest value of these announcements is often the fact that they can put you right to sleep. But there seems to be a trend in giving these in-flight intros some more appealing value–entertainment value.
Although I’d seen the viral videos of rapping flight attendants and in-flight announcements that were more like stand-up routines, I figured funny flight attendants were just a random gift bestowed on a few lucky travelers. That is, until my sassy Southwest flight attendant took the mic at the beginning of my flight to Seattle last month.
“You’ll wear your seat belt low and tight across those slender American hips at all times while seated,” he said, as he was just warming up.
“You’re well aware that there are 50 ways to leave your lover, but six ways to bail out of this bird if we’re in some sort of trouble,” he continued, pointing out the emergency exits.
And although his routine had the entire flight engaged and happy, he shared where passengers could direct any concerns they might have. “Tell Frank, because he’s the only one that still cares,” he said. “I won’t until this pill I found on the floor kicks in.”
The fun and frisky intro continued, hitting all the bases of your usual announcements, but this time people were actually listening … and laughing. Of course, with lines like “please keep your hands to yourself … or at least until the cabin lights dim,” who wouldn’t be chuckling.
With three videos of entertaining announcements going viral in the past few years, Southwest is definitely leading the way for this trend. Delta is also catching on and adding a flare to their pre-flight videos.
Here at TripIt, where we’re all about the perfect trip, this is one trend we want to see more of. Whether it’s to distract someone who is nervous to fly or to mix it up for those frequent business travelers, we say a little entertainment never hurt anybody.
Now, we want to hear from you. Have you had an experience with a fabulous flight attendant that made your flight far more enjoyable? Tell us about it in the comments below.