United Airlines is taking a page from Southwest Airlines.
It recently announced that starting April 1, its cabin crew members will spice up their in-flight announcements with a dash of personality. Southwest and a few other airlines have been doing this for some time – and the general consensus is, when it’s delivered well, passengers love it. Flight announcements can, at times, feel repetitive and the probability of tuning out is highly likely. When a flight attendant or pilot deviates from the script and injects a one-liner in between announcements, it makes for an unexpected but a more enjoyable flight experience.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite in-flight announcements, in no particular order:
- Pilot: “Ladies and Gentlemen welcome aboard this Southwest flight to Denver. We will be taking off just as soon I get through page 10 of this flight manual.”
- “In a short time, we will serve refreshments. Please remember that we are in the airline business, not the food business.”
- “I’ve just been informed that my mother in law has just passed security and will be shortly boarding this flight using one of my crew passes. If you all sit down fast, we should be able to get out of here before she arrives.”
- “In the unlikely event of a water landing, just think of the incredible story you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren.”
- “Your menu choices are chicken or pasta. If we’re out of your choice by the time we get to you, don’t worry, they all taste the same.”
- On an early morning flight, “I noticed a few ladies who forgot to put on their makeup this morning. I’ll be dimming the lights for your convenience.
- “Make sure you get all your personal belongings, personal problems, anything you brought on board and take it when you leave.”
- “Thank you for choosing Southwest Airlines for your flight today. If you had any problems with this flight, just so you remember you were riding with Delta.”
- “For those of you wondering about the weather at our destination, Honolulu is reporting sunny skies and temperatures of 86 degrees. Unfortunately, our destination is Nome, Alaska which is reporting 27 degrees below zero and blowing snow.”
What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard a flight attendant say?