Nervous Flier Freaks Over FA’s Demonstration

September 14, 2011

in Passenger Stories

My husband and I had just finished a wonderful week-long vacation in Cuba. The very first time we flew there we experienced some pretty scary turbulence (at least in my opinion!), so I was a little nervous about taking the flight home. Sometimes I enjoy flying, and sometimes any little sound or bump can scare me.

While we were sitting on the plane waiting to take off, the flight attendants were going through the safety demonstration. It helps if I follow along since I can be a nervous flier, as it eases my mind a little bit knowing that I would be somewhat prepared in case of an emergency.

So the flight attendants finish the demonstration in English and move on to French. At this point we are in line to wait our turn to take-off, and I had stopped paying attention to the demonstration, enjoying the view outside. My husband was asleep at this point (lucky guy). Take-off was no problem; the sky was clear and the ocean was beautiful. Next thing I know, the attendants are racing out from their seats and are pulling out the life jackets. I’m a little concerned but figure it’s nothing to worry about. I was feeling calm about this flight. But then the pilot gets on the PA system and says, “At this point we are just going to remind you how to use your life jackets.”

Now I am terrified. I have visions of us crashing into the ocean, screaming passengers everywhere, the plane breaking into a million tiny pieces! The longer I look at the flight attendants, the more their faces begin to resemble professionals that know something is going horribly wrong! I turn to my husband and shake him violently until he wakes up. “I think something has gone wrong! They came running from the back of the plane and are showing us how to put on our life jackets again! I think we are going to crash!”

My husband looks at the attendants, looks at me, and says,”Calm down. They are just finishing the demonstration in French. Now let me go back to sleep!” Needless to say, I felt like an idiot!

– C.C.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Heinz September 15, 2011 at 3:38 am

"duh"? This was a flight from hell?


Hugh September 15, 2011 at 4:23 am

Sorry, I have to agree. A cute anecdote or story, but not really a FFH.


karl September 16, 2011 at 7:25 am

Poster, did you consider some theraphy for beeing so paranoid?


Drew October 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I think it's weird. All safety demonstrations should be completed before takeoff, not after.


westside December 6, 2011 at 7:24 am

well in might of been a flight from hell for her..


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