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Why would the cabin crew spray the cabin before landing?

The sprays are (usually) insecticides used to prevent the spread of invasive species and diseases. The process of ‘disinsection’ is required under the International Health Regulations of the World ...
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Can a flight attendant have only one eye?

Let me refer you to the answer of this other question, that says a pilot may be considered for any class of medical (including First Class) with only one functional eye. I think its fair to conclude ...
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What are these five indicators at the front of the 737 passenger cabin?

This is the forward Master Call Light Panel installed in the ceiling of the cabin. A second one is located aft. These panels exist on all large aircraft for the cabin crew members to be alerted ...
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Why do flight attendants wear gloves during takeoff and landing?

From Finnair's Facebook page, it looks like Flight Attendancts wear gloves for safety reasons during takeoff/landing and galley preparation. Also it seems they do remove them when greeting passengers. ...
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How do pilots and flight attendants themselves refer to flight attendants casually?

Typically, "flight attendant." It isn't generally shortened, the way that "first officer" can be shortened to "FO" (pronounced as two letters, not "foe") or ...
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In what circumstances do passengers or flight attendants have to take their shoes off?

Passengers are usually asked to remove their high-heeled shoes during an emergency evacuation as they may damage the slide. In other cases, it is better to leave the shoes on during emergency as once ...
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Why don't flight attendants wear pants instead of skirts?

Some do. Despite my attempts, I've never successfully dared a cis male FA to wear a skirt... As your picture very well illustrates, FA uniforms are a marketing billboard for the airline. Their ...
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Do flight attendants have a regulatory responsibility to risk their own lives to save passengers?

In training, flight attendants are given lots of emergency training, but always with the caveat that they are under no obligation to put themselves in danger. Emergency procedures should proceed up ...
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Do flight attendants do pinch-hitter training?

This is generally not standard practice. For one pilot training is particularly costly (even just in small planes) and would simply not be worth it to the airline, which is why there are two flight ...
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What is the technical role of a flight attendant?

I flew for a major airline as a flight attendant for 7 years. The FAA requires flight attendants on board for the safety aspect of passenger service and sets the minimum number based on the aircraft'...
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What are these five indicators at the front of the 737 passenger cabin?

In addition to existing answer: Learning material I found later also adds another possible cause for amber light (see slide 41): smoke is detected in a lavatory so the amber one can also ...
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Cabin crew : how do they get Oxygen in the event of decompression?

There are usually extra oxygen masks in the cabin- it is a regulatory requirement. From 14 CFR 25.1447 - Equipment standards for oxygen dispensing units: (c) If certification for operation above 25,...
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Can a flight attendant have only one eye?

As far as I know, there's no FAA requirement for flight attendants to have a medical. There is a requirement in 49 USC 44728 to hold a "certificate of demonstrated proficiency", but that's it. I ...
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Do flight regulations prohibit sleeping on the floor of an airliner?

That depends on the air carrier and the regulatory body they're certified by. Finland is part of the EU so I'm assuming that Finnair's certificate is under EASA aviation safety regs. Specifically, a ...
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Does the rule that alcohol on flights must be served by a flight attendant also apply to private flights?

In a carrier plane drinking alcohol is not allowed except when served by the operator, regardless of the number of seats. For private aircraft there is no equivalent rule. This is not a way to sell ...
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How do flight attendants know seat belts are fastened?

In addition to Jamiec's correct answer, I would add that you can tell when a seat belt is not fastened even if the buckle is covered by someone's shirt (or belly!). You can normally see the segment ...
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What process do flight attendants and pilots follow to bid for routes?

It totally depends on the airline and is different from one airline to another. There is no standard way of distributing schedules. Some of the ways that I have personally experienced or have seen it: ...
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Can an airline lay off its flight attendants and use pilots to fill the role?

When I was flight crew on CRJs for a private operator we got abbreviated FA training for pilots, which was mostly a kind of crowd control course, taught by a contract FA. Their training is about ...
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How do flight attendants know seat belts are fastened?

Flight attendants check that seatbelts are fastened the old fashioned way - by looking and confirming each passenger has correctly fastened them. There is no indicator anywhere around each seat which ...
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When may passengers board the aircraft and who makes the decision?

It is a joint decision of the entire flight crew (flight crew consists of pilots and cabin crew). It is mostly a decision by the most senior flight attendant because it is mostly a cabin issue. The ...
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Do flight attendants have a regulatory responsibility to risk their own lives to save passengers?

There are actually very few regulations in this regard, all of which are in 14 CFR 121.381 through 397. Of those, only two pertain to the duties of a flight attendant. Most of the regulations are ...
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What are CP-like codes or designations after SAS or Scandinavian flight attendant names?

I emailed the SAS museum in Oslo to inquire about the acronyms in this photo description. It took awhile, but I finally got the following reply: I'm a retired SAS-captain volunteering at our museum. ...
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Do flight regulations prohibit sleeping on the floor of an airliner?

Essentially this has been explained to me as "you're a trip hazard." ' Additionally, inferences that if power/lights go off, you'll be stepped on and trip people, particularly people in your row (don'...
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Why don't flight attendants get tired when passengers can, despite sleeping?

This is bordering on opinion based as its a bit subjective from person to person but generally speaking flight attendants and pilots are more accustomed to the typical stressors of flight and ...
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Is there evidence that inattention to Flight Attendant safety briefings increases risk to all occupants?

It is predictable not paying attention to the security briefing and not reading the emergency card or placards will lead to dramatic consequences one day. The reasons are known, but little is done. ...
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Why would the cabin crew spray the cabin before landing?

I was on an extremely long flight once, and the cabin crew walked up the aisles around the halfway point spraying canisters (about two in each hand) of what they said were disinfectants, required by ...
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Has a passenger or cabin crew member ever flown an airliner?

I think that in United Airlines Flight 232 Dennis E. Fitch did. While flying as a passenger on this flight, he actually was a certified flight instructor for the plane of that type so competent. ...
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After takeoff, why do some airlines' flight attendants rise from their jump seats earlier than other airlines'?

The industry standard is to switch the seat belts signs off while crossing 10,000 ft. And this is usually the moment when flight attendants get up. But really depends on company policies as you saw. ...
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Do airlines staff extra crew members when disabled persons are check in?

In almost two decades of flying for airlines, I've never seen it done, and never heard of any program to facilitate such staffing.
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