Common Sense, Nonsense, and Everything in Between

Flight Attendant

“According to civil aviation regulation, bla bla bla bla…., enjoy your flight!”

We hear that everytime we’re flying with commercial airline, i never pay any attention to the stewardess, it’s kinda boring and they’re not really trying to do something for you, they’re not teaching or educate you about how to use the emergency equipments, the only reason they do the point this point that is only requirements.

Do they ever ask us, “so, you understand?”, or “do you want us to repeat this?”. No! They talk, show, but assume all the ‘audience’ understand.

And, on my last month flight from Jakarta to Surabaya, after the plane had landed smoothly, the flight attendants said “Para penumpang yang terhormat, kita telah mendarat di Bandara Internasional Juanda, dimohon untuk tetap duduk, sekali lagi dimohon untuk tetap duduk, hingga pesawat benar-benar berhenti dengan sempurna dan lampu bla bla…”.

Normal? Later, they continued with English version “Ladies and gentlements, we’ve just landed in Juanda International Airport, please remain seated until the plane bla bla..”

See? Why they have to repeat the ‘remain-seated’ part in Bahasa Indonesia, but none in English. Is that Indonesian so stupid that can not understand that they need to remain seated? I asked my self. They must not do the discrimination, indonesian will also understand to remain seated without the words being emphasized!

I was wrong, and the flight attendants was right. Even, they have asked twice, all the passengers still unbuckle their seatbelt and reach their luggage, whilethe plane’s still moving… Sad but true, most of us not ‘clever’ enough.

Common Sense, Nonsense, and Everything in Between