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In-flight Announcements

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The United States v Canada

In-flight Announcements

Occasionally, airline attendants make an effort to make the "in-flight safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining. 
Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported: 

1. From a Southwest Airlines employee: "There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane." 

2. Pilot: "Folks, we have reached our cruising altitude now, so I am going to switch the seat belt sign off. Feel free to move about as you wish, but please stay inside the plane till we land. It's a bit cold outside, and if you walk on the wings it affects the flight pattern." 

3. After landing: "Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride." 

4. As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Washington National, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. Whoa!" 

5. After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced: "Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted." 

6. From a Southwest Airlines employee: "Welcome aboard Southwest Flight XXX to YYY. To operate your seatbelt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seatbelt and if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised. 
In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. 
If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with two small children, decide now which one you love more." 

7. "Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you or your money more than Southwest Airlines." 

8. "Your seat cushions can be used for flotation. In the event of an emergency water landing, please take them with our compliments." 

9. "As you exit the plane, please make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses." 

10. "Last one off the plane must clean it." 

11. From the pilot during his welcome message: "We are pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately none of them are on this flight." 

12. This was overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day. During the final approach, the captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the flight attendant came on the PA and announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your seatbelts fastened while the captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!" 

13. Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing: "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal." 

14. An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a, "Thanks for flying XYZ airline." He said that in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. 
Finally, everyone had gotten off except for this little old lady walking with a cane. She said, "Sonny, did we land or were we shot down?" 

15. After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the flight attendant got on the PA and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt up against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal." 

16. Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of us here at US Airways." 

17. As the plane was taxing down the runway for a takeoff the attendant said, "Okay folks.....keep peddling." As the plane started to lift off the ground she then said 
"Okay now lift your feet up". 

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McDonnell Douglas Warranty Card

Thank you for purchasing a McDonnell Douglas military aircraft. In order to protect your new investment, please take a few moments to fill out the warranty registration card below. Answering the survey questions is not required, but the information will help us to develop new products that best meet your needs and desires. 

1. [_] Mr. [_] Mrs. [_] Ms. [_] Miss [_] Lt. [_] Gen. [_] Comrade [_] Classified [_] Other

First Name:  ............................................ 
Initial: ........ 
Last Name:  ............................................ 

Password: .............................. (max 8 char) 

Code Name:  ........................................ 

Latitude-Longitude-Altitude: ...... ...... ...... 

2. Which model aircraft did you purchase? 
[_] F-14 Tomcat 
[_] F-15 Eagle 
[_] F-16 Falcon
[_] F-117A Stealth 
[_] Classified 

3. Date of purchase (Year/Month/Day): ....... / ....... / ....... 

4. Serial Number: .................................

5. Please check where this product was purchased: 
[_] Received as gift / aid package 
[_] Catalogue showroom 
[_] Independent arms broker 
[_] Mail order 
[_] Discount store 
[_] Government surplus 
[_] Classified 

6. Please check how you became aware of the McDonnell Douglas product you have just purchased: 
[_] Heard loud noise, looked up 
[_] Store display 
[_] Espionage 
[_] Recommended by friend / relative / ally 
[_] Political lobbying by manufacturer 
[_] Was attacked by one 

7. Please check the three (3) factors that most influenced your decision to purchase this McDonnell Douglas product: 
[_] Style / appearance 
[_] Speed / manoeuvrability 
[_] Price / value 
[_] Comfort / convenience 
[_] Kickback / bribe 
[_] Recommended by salesperson 
[_] McDonnell Douglas reputation 
[_] Advanced Weapons Systems 
[_] Backroom politics 
[_] Negative experience opposing one in combat 

8. Please check the location(s) where this product will be used: 
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[_] Central / South America 
[_] Aircraft carrier 
[_] Europe 
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[_] Africa 
[_] Asia / Far East 
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9. Please check the products that you currently own or intend to purchase in the near future: 
[_] Color TV 
[_] VCR 
[_] ICBM 
[_] Killer Satellite 
[_] CD Player 
[_] Air-to-Air Missiles 
[_] Space Shuttle 
[_] Home Computer 
[_] Nuclear Weapon 

10. How would you describe yourself or your organization? (Check all that apply: 
[_] Communist / Socialist 
[_] Terrorist 
[_] Crazed 
[_] Neutral 
[_] Democratic 
[_] Dictatorship 
[_] Corrupt 
[_] Primitive / Tribal

11. How did you pay for your McDonnell Douglas product? 
[_] Deficit spending 
[_] Cash 
[_] Suitcases of cocaine 
[_] Oil revenues 
[_] Personal cheque 
[_] Credit card 
[_] Ransom money 
[_] Traveller's cheque 

12. Your occupation: 
[_] Homemaker 
[_] Sales / marketing 
[_] Revolutionary 
[_] Clerical 
[_] Mercenary 
[_] Tyrant 
[_] Middle management 
[_] Eccentric billionaire 
[_] Defence Minister / General 
[_] Retired 
[_] Student 

13. To help us understand our customers' lifestyles, please indicate the interests and activities in which you and your spouse enjoy participating on a regular basis: 
[_] Golf 
[_] Boating / sailing 
[_] Sabotage 
[_] Running / jogging 
[_] Propaganda / disinformation 
[_] Destabilisation / overthrow 
[_] Default on loans 
[_] Gardening 
[_] Crafts 
[_] Black market / smuggling 
[_] Collectibles / collections 
[_] Watching sports on TV 
[_] Wines 
[_] Interrogation / torture 
[_] Household pets 
[_] Crushing rebellions 
[_] Espionage / reconnaissance 
[_] Fashion clothing 
[_] Border disputes 
[_] Mutually Assured Destruction 

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this questionnaire. Your answers will be used in market studies that will help McDonnell Douglas serve you better in the future - as well as allowing you to receive mailings and special offers from other companies, governments, extremist groups, and mysterious consortia. 

Comments or suggestions about our fighter planes? Please write to: 

Marketing Department 
Military Aerospace Division 
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Microsoft takes over General Motors

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 miles/gallon." 
Recently General Motors addressed this comment by releasing the statement, 

"Yes, but would you want your car to crash twice a day?" 


1. For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day. 

2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car. 

2. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you would just accept this, restart and drive on. 

3. Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre would cause your car to stop and fail and you would have to re-install the engine. For some strange reason, you would accept this too. 

4. You could only have one person in the car at a time, unless you bought "Car95", "Car98" or "CarNT". But, then you would have to buy more seats. 

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast, twice as easy to drive - but would only run on 5 percent of the roads. 

6. The Macintosh car owners would get expensive Microsoft upgrades to their cars, which would make their cars run much slower. 

7. The oil, gas and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single "general car default" warning light. 

8. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt. 

9. The airbag system would say "Are you sure?" before going off. 

10.If you were involved in a crash, you would have no idea what happened. would say "Are you sure?" before going off. 

11. Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grab hold of the radio antenna. 

12. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50% or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Department. 

13. Every time GM introduced a new model car buyers would have to learn to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car. 

14. You'd press the "start" button to shut off the engine. 

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Fear of Flying

Passengers on a small commuter plane are waiting for the flight to leave. They're getting a little impatient, but the airport staff has assured them that the pilots will be there soon, and the flight can take off immediately after that. 
The entrance opens, and two men walk up the aisle, dressed in pilots' uniforms - both are wearing dark glasses, one is using a seeing-eye dog, and the other is tapping his way up the aisle with a cane. Nervous laughter spreads through the cabin; but the men enter the cockpit, the door closes, and the engines start up. 

The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some sign that this is just a little practical joke. None is forthcoming. 

The plane moves faster and faster down the runway, and people at the windows realise that they're headed straight for the water at the edge of the airport territory. As it begins to look as though the plane will never take off, that it will plow into the water, panicked screams fill the cabin - but at that moment, the plane lifts smoothly into the air. The passengers relax and laugh a little sheepishly, and soon they have all retreated into their magazines, secure in the knowledge that the plane is in good hands. 

Up in the cockpit, the co-pilot turns to the pilot and says, "You know, Bob, one of these days, they're going to scream too late, and we're all gonna die." 

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Pilots' Complaints

Here are some actual maintenance complaints generally known as squawks or problems submitted recently by Qantas pilots to maintenance engineers. 
After attending to the squawks prior to the aircraft's next flight, the maintenance crews are required to log the details of action taken as a solution to the pilots squawks. 
The following are some recent squawks and subsequent responses by maintenance crews. 
(P) is the problem logged by the pilot, and (S) marks the solution and action taken by maintenance engineers. 

(P) Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement. 
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tyre. 

(P) Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough. 
(S) Auto land not installed on this aircraft. 

(P) #2 propeller seeping prop fluid. 
(S) #2 propeller seepage normal - - #1, #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage. 

(P) Something loose in cockpit. 
(S) Something tightened in cockpit. 

(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear. 
(S) Evidence removed. 

(P) DME volume unbelievably loud. 
(S) Volume set to more believable level. 

(P) Dead bugs on windshield.
(S) Live bugs on order.

(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground. 

(P) IFF inoperative. 
(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode. 

(P) Friction lock causes throttle levers to stick. 
(S) That's what they're there for!! 

(P) Number three engine missing. 
(S) Engine three found on right wing after brief search. 

(P) Aircraft handles funny. 
(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right" and be serious!! 

(P) Target Radar hums. 
(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the words.

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The United States vs. Canada

This is the transcript of the ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. 
Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95. 

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. 

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. 

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course. 

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course. 




Canadians: This is a lighthouse! Your call.

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Driving in Texas
A man is driving down the freeway in Texas when he is stopped by the police. He winds down his window.

“Is there a problem?” he enquires.

“No” says the policeman. “In fact as part of a safety campaign we are running, you have won $5000. What will you do with the money?” asks the policeman.
The man replies, “well with that sort of money I guess I'll try to pass my test and get a license.”
His wife sitting next to him interrupts quickly and says “don't take any notice of him officer. He's always stupid when he's drunk!”
Then the passenger in the back seat asks, “are we over the border yet?”

At which point there is a muffled banging from the boot............

(Contributed by Nigel Hand)

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