Flying the funny skies of Canada’s maverick arline

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN:  Okay, I’d like to pretend that this is brand new information, and who knows? To some of you it might be. But these stories started circulating on the Internet shortly after West Jet, a Canadian airline that refuses to take itself seriously, first took flight.

Home-based in Calgary, Alberta, West Jet encourages its attendants to make an effort to make the in-flight ‘safety lecture’ and announcements a bit more entertaining.  Here are some allegedly real examples that have been heard or reported:

 

  • On some West Jet flights there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want. On one flight passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, ‘People, people, we’re not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!’
  • On another West Jet flight with a very ‘senior’ flight attendant crew, the pilot said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights.  This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.’
  • On landing, the stewardess said, ‘Please be sure to take all of your belongings.  If you’re going to leave anything, please make sure it’s something we’d like to have.’
  • ‘There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane.’
  • Thank you for flying West Jet Express.  We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.’
  • As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at the Vancouver Airport, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker, ‘Whoa, big fella.  WHOA!’
  • After a particularly  rough landing during thunderstorms in Ontario, a flight attendant on a West Jet flight announced, ‘Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like  that, sure as hell everything has  shifted.’
  • From a West Jet Airlines employee, ‘Welcome aboard West Jet Flight 245 to Calgary.  To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle and pull tight.  It works just like every other seat belt 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, 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 more than one small child, pick your favourite.’
  • ‘Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we’ll try to have them fixed before we arrive.  Thank you and remember nobody loves you, or your money, more than West Jet Airlines.’
  • ‘Your seat cushions can be used for flotation and in the event of emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.’
  • ‘As you exit the plane, 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.’
  • From the pilot during his welcome message, ‘West Jet Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!’
  • After a very hard landing in Edmonton, the flight attendant came on the intercom and said, ‘That was quite a bump, and I know what you’re are thinking.  I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault and it wasn’t the flight attendant’s fault, it was the asphalt.’
  • On a West Jet Airlines flight into Regina, 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 said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Regina.  Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what’s left of our airplane to the gate!’
  • 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.’
  • 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 our 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 got off except for a little old lady walking with a cane.  She said, ‘Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?’  ‘Why, no, Ma’am,’ said the first officer, ‘what is it?’  The little old lady said, ‘Did we land, or were we shot down?’
  • After a real crusher of a landing in Halifax, the attendant came on with, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate.  And, once the tyre smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.’
  • 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 pressurised metal tube, we hope you’ll think of West Jet Airways.’
  • Heard on a West Jet Airline flight: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.  If you can light ’em, you can smoke ’em.’
  • A plane was taking off from the Winnipeg Airport.  After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking.  Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from Winnipeg to Montreal.  The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight.  Now sit back and relax… OH, MY GOD!’  Silence followed and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier.  While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap.  You should see the front of my pants!’  A passenger in economy yelled, ‘That’s nothing.  You should see the back of mine!’

 

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One response to “Flying the funny skies of Canada’s maverick arline

  1. Great article… I think between WestJet and Southwest they have the market cornered on in-flight humour. Making the experience more pleasant goes a long way to ease the pain of flying! I have been a Travel Agent with Travelonly for 4 years and use Westjet as much as I can – personal entertainment systems in the seats, friendly staff, great pricing (AND they pay commission to agents so no extra fees), and most importantly my customers are always happy.

    Here are a few more to add to your list, btw… many are westjet: http://kevinvisser.com/455/some-of-the-more-entertaining-airline-safety-briefings/

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