Flight attendants share Dangerfield’s ‘no respect’ line

Flight attendants feel they have a lot in common with the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield and his signature line about getting ‘‘no respect.’’
Passengers seem to believe their purpose is serving food and drink.
Not so. Their real role is safety, the number of flight attendants per airliner is spelled out by the Federal Aviation Administration at so many per seat.
Some passengers can be very protective about their carry-on baggage — guitars, large fragile ceramics, fishing poles with dangling hooks, line and sinker — and aren’t too keen about being told it has to be securely stowed under the seat or in overhead bins.
Flight attendants would like their passengers to pay (pick from the following: more … some … any) attention to their preflight safety briefings, those little announcements made sometime between when the plane leaves the gates and the plane leaves the ground.
They would also like to see their guests to read — at least browse — through the seat back cards that give details on oxygen masks, emergency exits, etc.
It‘s not in any of the cards, but many experienced passengers count the number of rows between their seat and the nearest exit so, in emergency, they can crawl beneath the smoke to safety.
Not all those briefings are routine and ignored, for the wording is not prescribed by the FAA, just the general content.
Do pay attention to those pre-flight instructions whether given rather routinely or with a touch of humor. It may make a lifetime of difference.
It would be interesting to know how many, if any, of the 150 passengers aboard U.S. Airways Flight 1549 had read those cards before it was ditched into New York’s Hudson River last Jan. 15 with no loss of life to either the passengers or the Airbus A320’s crew of five — Charles B. Sullenberger, III, captain, Jeffrey B. Skiles, first officer, and three flight attendants — Shelia Dail, Doreen Welsh and Donna Dent.
December’s aviation history
? Dec. 7, 1941— Japanese attack Pearl Harbor bringing the United States into World War II.
? Dec. 12, 1953 — Maj. Chuck Yeager flies his Bell X-1A to March 2.435, approximately 1,650 miles per hour, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
? Dec. 17, 1903 — First flight of a power aircraft by Orville Wright who won the toss of coin from his brother Wilbur to make the historic journey of 120 feet in 12 seconds at 10:35 a.m.
? Dec. 18, 1953 — An Atlas rocket puts into Earth orbit a communications repeater satellite which carries the first human voice heard from space, a Christmas message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
? Dec. 21, 1968 — First manned flight around the moon in Apollo 8 by Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Enders. The flight ended on Dec. 27.
? Dec. 23, 1986 — Completion of the first unrefueled, nonstop around the world flight by Richard G. Rutan and Jeana L. Yeager. The flight of 24,986 miles took 216 hours, 3 minutes.
? Dec. 27, 1868 — Relief to stuffed ears suffered by many air travelers have been relieved by chewing gum that was patented this day by William Semple.
? Dec. 31, 1933 — In the Soviet Union the Polikarpov I-16 Mosca makes its maiden flight becoming the world first monoplane fighter with an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear.
? Dec. 31, 1938 — The maiden flight of the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, the world’s first passenger plane with a pressurized cabin.

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