Pre-flight safety demonstration

Pre-flight safety demonstration


The pre-flight safety demonstration (also known as a pre-flight briefing, in-flight safety demonstration, safety instructions, or simply the safety video) is a detailed explanation given before takeoff to airline passengers about the safety features of a commercial aircraft.

On smaller aircraft this may take place in the form of a live briefing performed by flight attendants standing up in the aisles, while another flight attendant narrates over the public address system. On many larger aircraft equipped with in-flight entertainment, safety demonstrations may take place in the form of a video, which typically lasts 2 to 6 minutes. In consideration for travelers not speaking the airline's official language and for the passengers with hearing problems, the video may feature subtitles, an on-screen signer, or may be repeated in another language.

Safety demonstrations are required by the basic international air safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

A safety demonstration typically covers all these aspects, not necessarily in this order:
* a reminder to review the aircraft safety card
* the use of the seat belt
* the requirement that passengers must comply with lighted signs, posted placards, and crew members instructions (Generally only included in safety demonstrations on US carriers as the FAA is the only government organization to require it to be stated)
* the location and use of the emergency exits, evacuation slides and emergency floor lighting
* the use of the oxygen mask
* the location and use of the life vests, life rafts and flotation devices (not typically included if the flight does not overfly or fly near vast masses of water)
* the brace position (not typically included on U.S. flights, as it is not required by FAA regulation)
* the use of passenger seat cushions as flotation devices (typically only included on aircraft that do not provide life vests)
* generally, a reminder not to smoke on board, including the toilets
* the precautions to take before take-off and landing:
** to stow luggage under a seat or in an overhead compartment
** to return folding trays and seat backs to the upright position
** to turn off most electronic devices (laptops, mobile phones, etc.)

If an emergency happens once airborne, flight attendants will once again calmly brief passengers with emergency procedures if time permits. If an un-planned emergency occurs, flight attendants are trained to shout emergency commands to passengers.

External links

Airline safety videos

* on the official Delta Air Lines YouTube channel
* [ Delta Air Lines B767-300ER] at
* on the official Hue Visual Lab Channel
* [ Malev 737-800 and Malev 767-200ER] at
* on Pitel Marcelo's account
* on the Pixellabs YouTube channel

Live demonstrations

* [ Northwest Airlines Safety Demo Audio and Script] at


* [ Pixel Labs page about TAM safety video]

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