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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 continue to stand, when the seatbelt sign is on?

I worked as a flight attendant for several years and I am still employed within the industry but in a different capacity, so I know a thing or two about this topic. Flight Attendants (FAs) are ...
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Why do flight attendants continue to stand, when the seatbelt sign is on?

It's about risk management. In minor turbulence, probably nothing bad will happen so it's OK to have a few people walking around but, in the unlikely event of a big bump, you don't want to have 300 ...
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Why do flight attendants continue to stand, when the seatbelt sign is on?

Flight attendants are quite used to minor turbulence. The average passenger is not, and could easily end up somewhere uncomfortable. Turbulence also has the habit of getting worse without too much ...
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What does a blue light by the toilet sign mean?

You don't indicate which aircraft make and model you were flying in. I'm going to answer with some general information regarding Airbus aircraft, since that's the predominant manufacturer of aircraft ...
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Why do flight attendants continue to stand, when the seatbelt sign is on?

In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs,) specifically 14 CFR 121.317, only require that passengers be seated when the seat belt sign is on, not the crew. (f) Each passenger required ...
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What can the Flight Attendant Panel do?

Here is an interesting presentation that discusses most of the communications systems on the A320 family (looks like the pictures you have and should apply in general). The CIDS (cabin ...
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Are the communications between captain and flight attendants standardized?

Again, since there has been a sparsity of answers, I'll try to add to Simon's excellent answer and give a bit of a different perspective. My answer is dated in that it comes from flying 747-100 and -...
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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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Could the cabin crew open the lavatory door from outside when someone locked the door from the inside?

Apparently yes. It has been mentioned in a number of places. One of the methods given is pretty simple: Step 1: Approach locked lavatory Step 2: Lift "LAVATORY" sign Step 3: Slide the knob ...
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Are the communications between captain and flight attendants standardized?

Been waiting for an answer but none coming so - guesswork and experience, since no citations or direct knowledge. It's a mixture of both. Often, cockpit to cabin communication is one to one. Rather ...
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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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Could the cabin crew open the lavatory door from outside when someone locked the door from the inside?

Yes, the flight attendants can lock and unlock the lavatories from the cabin. As far as I know, the specific ways that they do this, which probably vary from one aircraft type to another, aren't ...
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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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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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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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How common is it for flight attendants to have pilot certificates?

In my experience, it is uncommon but certainly not unheard of. Maybe between 1% and 5%, as a ballpark. A flight attendant married to a pilot who owns his own aircraft has access to the plane and ...
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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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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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Do airlines employ FAs from their destination countries?

The 747 carrier I retired out of had FAs based in New York and Tel Aviv, and were residents of their respective countries. The citizenship of the JFK FAs was not a factor insofar as I know as there ...
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What does two 'high-low' chimes in the cabin of a 737-800 mean?

As far as I know, the chimes work the same on all 737 NG (and Classic) versions, although as was mentioned in comments, how they are employed will vary from airline to airline. The two tone "high-low"...
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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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