Ever Wonder Why Flight Attendants Talk That Way?

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  1. ACMM
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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffber...way/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

    Chances are you’ll board a plane this weekend or at some other point this holiday season. If you do, try to tune out the howling babies, the chatty seatmate, the businessman who won’t turn off his Blackberry, and focus on the announcements coming over the intercom. Do that and you’ll notice something weird: Flight attendants don’t talk like normal people.

    (Posted from my milePoint enabled iPhone)
     
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    Interesting - thanks for sharing...comes down to psychology in some ways. ;)
     
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    Okay, the psychology makes sense, but it doesn't answer the question I really had when I opened the thread. Ever notice how flight attendants often talk in short, halting fragments with awkward pauses? "Today you will be earning.... valuable miles as a member of our .... MileagePlus frequent flyer program..." This is stock language they repeat several times a day. Even if they're reading off a script, I would expect the delivery to be a little smoother.
     
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    Kind of makes me wonder if the FAs are just lip-sycning... Perhaps the annoucement is actually made by a computer... ;)

    Or maybe a computer had trained the FAs... and the FAs are just doing it the way they have been trained! LOL!

    Okay... I am just being silly... Please don't flame me! :D
     
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    Boy Lauguhing.gif :rolleyes: :p

     
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    No worries about flaming- at least for now, MP is a remarkably no-flame zone.

    I've noticed the robotics too though.
     
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    I like his explanation about branding and making the phrase more active. I also wonder if it has to do with the Memorization of the script. Possibly the number of syllables that the phrase has that makes it easier to remember. And since the phrases need to be somewhat uniform across the board, they have it installed into the learning.
     
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    Then they should turn it into a haiku, or maybe iambic pentameter.
     
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    I heard that on SQ, only FAs that have been trained and passed the test are allowed to make announcements. Don't know how true is that. And they, and most Asian airlines FAs I noticed, are reading off a script.
     
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    From article - "Then, a few months ago, I noticed another verbal tic:Flight attendants don’t just do something."

    Unless, they are from TX - then they fix to do something :). I love flying to/from/thru IAH. Thanks for the link ACMM!
     
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    I was thinking of this thread today on my EWR-SFO when the pilot came on and said that we were starting our initial DEE-scent into the San Francisco area. Since it was on CO, I figured that was a regional dialect, but it still made me chuckle.
     
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    My problems are mostly with express FAs and their PA equipment: the
    announcements always sound like "WelcUSAirSpress opby PiedtArln" and
    "Therfourextdoors twoatdoor thrwchyouentd and twoorthewings at row
    four." Even knowing what they're saying you don't know what they're
    saying, if you know what I mean.
     
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    Ittlygreewrhyu

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