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Ask the Captain: Why must I hear the seat belt spiel on every flight?

Posted on 14 March 2011

Question: On a recent flight I had to wonder why the in-flight safety briefing performed by the flight attendants hasn’t changed one bit since the 1970s. Is there really anyone who doesn’t know how to buckle a seat belt? This information seems outdated and useless to me. When will the industry come up with a more updated version of this pre-flight information? Certainly something that addresses the use of electronics would be better since I have often sat beside someone who does not shut off their device during takeoff or landing. Great column — thank you!

  • Flight attendants in the aisles during taxi are performing FAA-mandated demonstrations and seat belt checks. As soon as they are complete, the flight attendants are required to be seated.  

    Flight attendants in the aisles during taxi are performing FAA-mandated demonstrations and seat belt checks. As soon as they are complete, the flight attendants are required to be seated.

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