Non-Flying Pilot Watching Safety Video

Old Aug 10, 14, 9:33 am
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Non-Flying Pilot Watching Safety Video

I got on my LHR-EDI flight yesterday and sat in 2C. A fully-suited pilot was sitting in 2A.

He was reading the Daily Mail (his choice) but I wanted to see what he did when the safety video came on. And, as it started, he made a point of putting the paper down, watched the video, then picked the paper up again when it finished.

Is this something crew are asked/trained to do?

When I initially sat down, I did say to him "Not driving today?" He retorted "Remote control" which did make me smile
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Old Aug 10, 14, 9:38 am
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I think that comes under 'setting an example'.

I do the same, even if it's on the type I am trained to fly. Details change and it's a minute out your life that could well save it one day...
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Old Aug 10, 14, 9:40 am
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If nothing else, it is common courtesy to the crew standing there for the demo even if their part is just the exit bit on the video. If I can manage to take out my headphones or put down my paper every time as a passenger, I bloody well hope uniformed staff do so too without being asked. But especially so flight crew who give the "I appreciate many of you are frequent flyers" spiel about it on the PA.
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Old Aug 10, 14, 9:52 am
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We are not specifically asked to but I find that all crew always watch the video as they know how important it is.
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Old Aug 10, 14, 10:04 am
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I find that BA crew members (both flight and cabin crew) are really good with watching the safety video, presumably to set an example, but also possibly due to their being more aware of the benefit of watching it even though they are very familiar with it.
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Old Aug 10, 14, 10:07 am
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When my friend worked for another airline she always made a point of watching the safety, whether in uniform or not. As others have said, it sets a good example and it's common courtesy.
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Old Aug 10, 14, 10:10 am
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It's interesting to hear Littlegirl say that crew are not specifically asked to watch the video.

I had a flight with a cabin crew member in full uniform recently. Like the op's experience, when the safety video started, she put down her paper and watched it too.

So, I'm even more impressed that it is something crew feel is important to do, rather than being compelled to do it.


The other thing about this situation is that it is difficult for crew in uniform to 'switch off' especially if on a flight/at the airport etc.

So, even though they were off duty the crew members in question had to be aware that they were being observed and people were passing judgements etc (eg on their newspaper choice/whether they watch the video or not).
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Old Aug 10, 14, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by Speedbird876 View Post
It's interesting to hear Littlegirl say that crew are not specifically asked to watch the video.
That's why i asked. I expected that crew would feel compelled to do it, but wasn't sure if they were explicitly asked.

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So, even though they were off duty the crew members in question had to be aware that they were being observed and people were passing judgements etc (eg on their newspaper choice/whether they watch the video or not).
Just imaging what the passing of judgement would have been on this board if I'd said the off duty pilot had not watched the video!
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Old Aug 10, 14, 10:30 am
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That's why i asked. I expected that crew would feel compelled to do it, but wasn't sure if they were explicitly asked.
I suppose there is no need to specifically ask them to do so when there is a request made to everyone on board to watch it anyway.
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Old Aug 10, 14, 10:44 am
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Originally Posted by Speedbird876 View Post
It's interesting to hear Littlegirl say that crew are not specifically asked to watch the video.

I had a flight with a cabin crew member in full uniform recently. Like the op's experience, when the safety video started, she put down her paper and watched it too.

So, I'm even more impressed that it is something crew feel is important to do, rather than being compelled to do it.
So, the people who are in a position to know whether or not it's important to watch the video clearly think that it's important.

In contrast, the frequent assertions here along the lines of "I've seen it so many times I don't need to watch it again" (or similar) probably usually come from people who wouldn't know which way up to hold an airways chart or a girt bar.
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Old Aug 10, 14, 11:32 am
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I always watch it as it's good to remind yourself what the customers actually sees.
Obviously we hear it all the time but cannot normally see the video.
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Old Aug 10, 14, 11:37 am
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There is no instruction to watch the demo/video, but it is common courtesy and common sense.
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Old Aug 10, 14, 11:50 am
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It would be pretty rubbish PR if someone posted. YouTube video of a BA pilot reading the DM while the safety video was on.
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Old Aug 10, 14, 11:59 am
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Originally Posted by Paralytic View Post
Just imaging what the passing of judgement would have been on this board if I'd said the off duty pilot had not watched the video!
... as happened on my flight to STR two days ago...
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Old Aug 10, 14, 12:05 pm
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Or the flip side,if the off duty crew dont watch the safety video it only encourages the rest to follow suit.

If he wants to fly by remote control he should have had a long piece of string stretching from the flight deck.
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