Those of you that fly United frequently might know what I’m talking about. On United flights as soon as the captain advises the flight attendants to prepare the cabin for landing on descent, the purser makes the usual “please make sure your seatbacks and tray tables are in the full upright and locked position, carry-on items stowed, and seatbelts securely fastened” announcement. That’s pretty typical on just about any airline, but about half the time the purser will add “if an emergency evacuation becomes necessary, leave all carry-on items behind.” Now that’s perfectly appropriate during the safety demo, but is it really necessary prior to landing?
The reason I mention it is because I’ve witnessed a few passengers sort of shocked after hearing the announcement, especially infrequent flyers and those that don’t exactly enjoy the flying experience. I’ve gotten used to it, but I remember when United first added that to the pre-landing script. I was flying from Los Angeles to San Francisco and it was a VERY gusty day at SFO with thick clouds and 40 mile per hour winds. Suffice it to say it wasn’t a smooth approach, and the captain advised the flight attendants to be seated a bit earlier than usual. I saw some people sweating a bit even in first class, which is rare since they’re typically the frequent travelers. I wasn’t worried until I heard the flight attendant make the “if an emergency evacuation becomes necessary” announcement. I had never heard it before, so it scared the hell out of me! I figured we were preparing for some sort of emergency landing.
Anyway, I think United needs to reconsider the wording on that or just eliminate it entirely. It’s just not necessary!