I have a few bizarre rituals when I fly anywhere. Not sure why but in summary:
I always listen to the announcements; I always read the safety cards; I always eat the (free) food.
The safety demonstrations fascinate me – I listen attentively, watch closely and I wish I could remember the exact wording as a claim to fame party piece. It is interesting that it barely changes from one airline to another – guess there is some regulation about that – and I love to hear it in different languages and try work out what nationality the cabin crew are.
Funny safety announcements are available to view on YouTube, but they are few and far between. There was recently some coverage about new YouTube sensation for the South West Airlines Rapping Steward but I’ve only ever experienced “humour” in an announcement when I travelled on EasyJet and the announcer said: “Please look at the demonstration as it is more likely to help you in the event of an incident than the newspaper that you are reading…” or words to that effect. Got my attention…
I wonder at what point they are going to update the information to stop talking about smoking – surely everyone knows you cannot smoke on a plane? I wonder when the use of electronic equipment will be totally encouraged – sure I read somewhere that some airlines even have WiFi? And does anyone really understand what the point of the brace position is?
Another fascination for me is the graphical interpretation of the safety card instructions. I liked this one on BMI – captions please:
I was not sure what this woman was doing to here child – smelling a nappy:
I was interested in the calmness of strange gentleman number 1 and then wondered why gentleman number 2 looked so laid back:
And finally I actually thought this party of four standing waist-high in an incredibly blue pool of water. They almost look like they were having fun…
As for the food, I have always liked airline food. I think it is incredible how they get the variety, relative freshness and correct heating for the range they can provide. An early memory was having KLM chocolates on a flight to The Netherlands (aged about 15); and by far the best for me is long haul Virgin Atlantic food which is totally fab and you even get ice-cream. But I have been let down on my most recent trip BMI/Lufthansa’s attempt at a breakfast wrap between London (Heathrow) and Berlin (Tegel) falls just a little short of my expectations. That said, at least it was included in the price and I did eat it. I don’t pay for airline food or drink – and I dislike how you can get told what the Business Class people are going to be enjoying whilst you are slumming it out back.