If you’ve traveled at least once on board an airplane, you must have heard multiple public announcements or cabin crew talk in terminology that doesn’t really make much sense to the regular passenger that isn’t really involved in the industry.

Before becoming cabin crew myself, we often wondered what’s the meaning of one expression or another and if you’re half as curious as we are, you’d want to have the translation too 😉

So here are just a few words and phrases you might hear whenever you travel by air.

All attendant call is a conference call, most commonly placed by the Purser to all cabin crew stations in the aircraft for routine checks.

All on board is usually the announcement made by the Purser indicating all passengers are on board and the door will be closed shortly. It is also an indication for any ground staff (cleaning, catering staff, etc.) to disembark before the closing of the doors.

Arm doors for departure and crosscheck is another announcement made by the Purser, requesting all cabin crew to “arm” the slides at each main cabin door. Arming means that the slides used for possible (but unlikely 😉 ) emergency evacuations have been engaged so they would automatically deploy if needed. Many airlines have changed the wording to “Doors in flight” to avoid using the word “arm” on board.

Brace, Brace! is the command you would hear from the Captain in case of a prepared emergency landing. In such a situation, cabin crew would also be shouting these words out loud until the aircrafts comes to a complete stop. If you hear it, assume the brace position that will have been demonstrated by the cabin crew. You will also find the brace position pictogram on the safety card in the seat pocket in front of you, you know the one you never look at cause you are too busy playing with your phone or listening to your music during the safety demo.

Briefing is the pre-flight gathering of all crew working together on any given flight. The purpose of the meeting is for the crew to meet, discuss specific flight details, set expectations and build rapport.

Crew bunk is where cabin crew sleep during long haul flights. Not the plushest beds in the world, but comfy enough for crew to take a 3 hour nap or simply unwind and relax..

Doors in park position is the announcement made by the Purser at the end of the flight by which all cabin crew are requested to disengage the slides to avoid deployment when the main cabin doors are open for passenger disembarkation.

Flight deck is the pilot’s cabin, also known as the cockpit – don’t ask us why it’s named that way 😉

Galley is the aircraft kitchen where cabin crew prepare your drinks and heat up your meals befogging rolling their carts into the cabin for service.

Heads down, stay down is the Captain/cabin crew command you will hear in case of an emergency when cabin crew didn’t have any time to brief the passengers about. If you hear it, cover your head with your arms, protecting your face with your elbows, duck your head between your knees and pray, HARD!

PA is the short form for Public Announcement, the intercom system cabin crew use to communicate to all passengers.

Plonkey kit is a magical little kit that cabin crew carry around in their hand bags and contains different essentials crews usually might need on any given flight. A few items you will find in any crew’s plonkey kit are: oven gloves, sewing kit, mini flashlight, clicker, scissors, stapler, etc.

Top of descend is the phrase used for the point where the plane starts descending for landing. Also known as top of the drop, this is also the time when the seat belt sign will be switched on for landing.

Comments

comments