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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 Health Organization (WHO) on flights to and from certain destinations to prevent infectious and contagious diseases carried by insects and other volatile ...


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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 that if a pilot can get a First Class medical with one functional eye, then you can be a flight attendant with one functional eye, assuming that you can ...


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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 without staying at their seats. The number and color of lights vary according to customer requested options for the cabin. Some lights may be duplicated to indicate ...


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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 strictly required to be seated during take-off and landings only and usually not during descent or climb, unlike passengers who are usually required to be seated and ...


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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 passengers thrown around the plane. If the turbulence is bad enough, even the flight attendants sit down and put their seatbelts on.


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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 warning. FAs do buckle up once the turbulence reaches a certain level. I once departed Hong Kong during a typhoon - the FA sitting across from me said the crew ...


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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 by § 121.311(b) to occupy a seat or berth shall fasten his or her safety belt about him or her and keep it fastened while the “Fasten Seat Belt” sign is lighted. ...


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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 intercommunication data system) starts about halfway through on page 21. The FAP is part of this system and can control: Passenger reading lights Passenger call buttons Cabin ...


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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 -200 aircraft in the 1990s at the last airline I worked for. Given what I am sure is a wide variability of cockpit crew & cabin crew communication practices ...


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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 currently in SwissAir's fleet. There may be subtleties from version to version. Short answer: a blue light typically indicates a passenger has pressed the "...


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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. https://m.facebook.com/Finnair/posts/10151523242117911


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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 into the unlocked position Thats all to it, though they may vary with the aircraft. As @RalphJ points out in the comments, it should go without saying that ...


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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 than use the cabin address, the crew will call a specific station for example, the rear galley. So if the captain wants a coffee, they will not use the cabin ...


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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 published by the airlines as a matter of protecting customers' privacy. Bad day for everybody if a deviant was to use such a method to open an occupied lavatory to ...


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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 until the time a flight attendant feels they are in danger, then they are to evacuate the airplane themselves as quickly as possible. There was a long ...


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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's passenger capacity. We usually flew with at least one more crew member than the minimum required by the FAA. Our FAA mandated duties include safe boarding, ...


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14 CFR Part § 121.391. It depends on the size/weight of the airplane and how many passengers it can hold Except as specified in § 121.393 and § 121.394, each certificate holder must provide at least the following flight attendants on board each passenger-carrying airplane when passengers are on board: For airplanes having a maximum payload ...


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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 you are outside, you're worse off without them. The usual policy is to remove only the high-heeled shoes. For example, FAA says: FAA Policy. The FAA believes ...


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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 quick Google search finds: CAT.OP.MPA.165 Passenger seating: The operator shall establish procedures to ensure that passengers are seated where, in the ...


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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 illuminate automatically.


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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 capable people in the cockpit to begin with. Historically speaking there is evidence to the fact that it would not alter the outcome of the scenario. The ...


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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 25,000 feet is requested, there must be oxygen dispensing equipment meeting the following requirements: (1) ... There must be ... at least two oxygen ...


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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 couldn't find any clear details on what the certificate requires, but it looks like each operator (airline) creates their own certification program and the FAA ...


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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 instruction, so that's one scenario. In another case, an F/A I flew with a few times was building time as a CFI and doing right-seat work at SimuFlight, before she ...


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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 were numerous green card holders. Non-stop flights between JFK and Tel Aviv (and return, of course) were staffed by Israeli FAs. All other flights were staffed ...


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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" chime described in the OP is the "crew call" system. The pilots have a button, the forward F/A station has one, and the aft F/A station has one. Regardless ...


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The number of flight attendants required on flights are mandated by international safety regulations. For planes with up to 19 passenger seats, no flight attendant is needed. For larger planes, one flight attendant per 50 passenger seats is needed.—Wikipedia Eight cabin crew is enough. 377/50 is 7.54.


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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 prerequisite is, obviously, the cabin has to be cleaned and prepared. There are "cabin checks" to be carried out when the plane is empty. Typically, each flight ...


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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 of belt alongside the person's hip and it's easy to tell if that piece of strap is under tension or not. Some people actually try to disguise the fact that ...


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