Two videos have emerged of flight attendants from the same airline giving in-flight safety instructions on separate flights. One delivers a sparkling line of patter so witty, passengers are laughing out loud; the other slurs his words, mumbles and then appears to fall asleep while delivering the message.
Both attendants work for Southwest Airlines in the US and both videos are on YouTube. The most entertaining (by far) is the female attendant, who sets new standards for in-flight live comedy entertainment – as well as delivering the safety message. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=16&v=TxNrizGdhtY
The other clip, very recent, represents the opposite end of the scale. It appears to show a seated Southwest Airlines attendant holding the microphone, struggling to remember the script and slurring his words, only to doze off before the end.
The person who posted the video claims that before recording began, the attendant started speaking without pressing the microphone button. He then realised that no-one could hear him.
He started again, but showed disturbing signs of going to sleep.
Southwest Airlines said the employee may have been affected by “new medication”.
A statement read: “Due to a concern raised by a Customer, we had supervisors meet flight 464 upon arrival into Dallas from Birmingham [Alabama] to assess a Flight Attendant onboard.
“Although the Captain onboard the flight and supervisors on the ground did not witness or detect any unusual behaviour, the Employee acknowledged a potential reaction to new medication prescribed by his physician.
“We made the proactive decision to remove the Employee from duty for the remainder of the day.”
Hopefully, he then got some sleep. You can watch that one here:
Written by Peter Needham