You Can't Make This Shtick Up – Inflight Training


As told by an Inflight Crewmember:

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During Inflight training, I found the door drills particularly challenging. Having to shout the commands perfectly while performing the required movements at the precise required times while being closely scrutinized by the instructors required a lot of preparation.

On one of my days off, I made an excursion to the mall on the Orlando Lynx bus. I stayed for dinner and then went to the bus stop to travel back to the hotel. The bus stop was on the shoulder of a busy highway and seemed very deserted. I checked the schedule, and realized I would have to wait 45 minutes for the bus to arrive.

Feeling guilty about all the study time I was missing with this excursion and feeling that I was completely alone at the bus stop, I decided to review my door drill commands. After some time I included the motions as well.

As I was holding onto the the bus shelter post as if it was the fuselage handle and shouting across the busy highway “Release seatbelts come this way. Get out, GET OUT, GET OUT!”, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a little old man sitting on the bench waiting for the bus. He was looking at me with a frightened and bewildered expression on his face. I hadn’t realized anyone was there, and he had apparently observed my frantic door evacuation performance and didn’t know what to make of it.

When the bus arrived, he made it a point to sit very far away from me.