I stood at the front of the cabin yesterday to perform the federally mandated safety demonstration. It's required before every take off.
My feeling on this is that if I have to do it, you should be courteous enough to watch and listen. I know you travel ALL the time. So do I, and I'd wager that you are not as well versed on each and every one of the aircraft that you fly on as you may think you are. So is your attention for a couple short minutes really to much to ask?
Here's what's not courteous:
Trying to talk louder than the safety announcement, and raising your voice each time the announcer voice tries to talk loud enough to be heard over you. It's only a few minutes of your time, just shut up.Ringing your call button to request a pillow or blanket. If you don't have one by now, they are probably all gone or they aren't onboard at all. During the safety demonstration safety comes first. Only ring your call button if it's an emergency. When we're finished with the demo we'll deal with all the other passenger convenience issues.Sneaking out your cell phone to make a quick last call. We can see you. We can hear you. We've already told you to turn it off, and now we'll interrupt everything and stand here until you do. You are holding up the departure process and everyone else is going to be irritated with you. I know you don't care. But you should.Unbuckling your seat belt to stand up and get into the overhead bins. We're doing the safety demo because we're leaving. This means sit down. If it's important, please ask us for assistance when we finish the safety demo. Otherwise, just sit there until we get up to altitude.Acting out the safety demonstration from your seat. We've seen it before. It's not new or funny, and it hasn't been since the first hundred times we saw it during our first month on the job.
So what should you do during the safety demonstration?
Do what I do when I travel as a passenger: I stop talking, set aside my reading material and pay attention to what's been said and demonstrated. I hope you never have to find out, but it may be the best spent three minutes of your life.