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Leah

It's a brilliant idea, but I very much doubt that their unions would go for it... I like it though. Some low-cost airline like Jet Blue or Southwest should totally implement it and advertise it - I'd bet people would love it.

Anna

You're a frickin' genius. Apparently, I'm wasting my time reading old New Yorkers when I'm on the plane. I should be thinking about how to improve my experience. (USAir or United did make you take your own snack when you got on. I'm thinking it was flights up the California coast, but I can't recall.)

courtney

We flew from Stockholm to Copenhagen last summer, a flight of one hour, maybe a little less. We were served a full breakfast, plus they came around twice more to refill tea and coffee and serve more rolls.

On our flights from Louisville to Chicago, they don't serve anything. The flight is the same length. I wish they'd offer a bottle of water as you get on the flight, because if you take an early enough flight, the only store open in the airport is Starbucks and the line is super long. And at 5 am, I generally forget my bottle of water stashed in the fridge.

I preferred the Scandinavian model, personally. However, I don't see why they can't be trained as EMTs (I'm sure they do first aid/cpr already) and serve food. I'm not comfortable with guns on a plane held by anyone, not even the air marshals.

I'm VERY claustrophobic, so I never use the lavatories on the plane unless the flight is over 3 hours. I assume that'll change once I start traveling with children.

Rosie_Kate

Yup!

Monica

Brilliant! I love it!

Amanda

Great idea!

ALG

Great idea! I love it when I'm on a flight that offers water bottles (thus far, only JetBlue and cross-Atlantic). They sometimes only offer quarter-pints, though, which requires me to grab four, which is a huge waste of plastic. It's also much easier to drink water out of a bottle than out of an ice-filled cup when there is turbulence. And being trapped by those carts and therefore unable to use the facilities is terribly inconvenient.

In short, brilliant!

Susie

Love. It. You're brilliant!

sarah

I completely agree. can we get a petition going?

Kristine

I'll sign the petition. I take lots of short flights and I always think its ridiculous for them to have to offer me a beverage for a 45 minute flight. I can wait, really.

Jody

Well, er, I'm pretty sure that flight attendants are trained in basic self-defense (although not in advanced martial arts) and that they do get CPR training and other basic medical-emergency information. They're also put through extensive training in non-medical emergency protocols, which is really why they're on the planes at this point. I mean, they're there to get people off the plane if it lands while on fire -- being trained, repeatedly, to stay calm in those circumstances MATTERes -- and to get people safely strapped down during bad turbulence (which can kill you, actually), and to placate terrorists.

Really. Flight attendants have been trained in hijack/hostage situations for years. And up until 9/11, the whole goal when confronted by a hijacking was to accede to the terrorists' demands, while trying to do some "Negotiator" style bonding, because terrorists were going to want the plane to land. Now? Not so much -- and although I haven't asked my friend the flight attendant, and my dad no longer works for the airline (and so doesn't have to be certified so he can break the flight-attendant union by keeping the planes flying, sigh), I'm sure the training has adapted accordingly.

I'm not sure I'm saying this properly. Um. Stutter. Flight attendants are already on the plane to do the things you're outlining. The beverage cart? Something to do while they stand around hoping they're not needed for the other stuff.

Should their training be more extensive? Probably. But believe me, the unions wouldn't get in the way of that. Management, who'd have to pay for it? Probably a lot more reluctant.

Jody

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Dept of Labor:

"Trainees learn emergency procedures such as evacuating an airplane, operating emergency systems and equipment, administering first aid, and surviving in the water. In addition, trainees are taught how to deal with disruptive passengers and with hijacking and terrorist situations. New hires learn flight regulations and duties, gain knowledge of company operations and policies, and receive instruction on personal grooming and weight control. Trainees for the international routes get additional instruction in passport and customs regulations. Trainees must perform many drills and duties unaided, in front of the training staff. Throughout training, they also take tests designed to eliminate unsuccessful trainees. Toward the end of their training, students go on practice flights. Upon successful completion of training, flight attendants receive the FAA’s Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency. Flight attendants also are required to go through periodic retraining and pass an FAA safety examination to continue flying."

Weight management!! Now THERE'S something to change!

Mitch McDad

I couldn't disagree more. If you waste the sky-hostesses time with safety issues, who's going to bring me my scotch?

rachel

I like it. Very much. I think they should also have things like EpiPens and other emergency first aid meds & things (maybe in the space they used to keep the annoying carts?).

The carts began to annoy me even more when I started traveling with kids who seem to need to use the toilet about 6 times an hour when they are in the air.

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