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Jan 20th 2009 1:11AM In response to your question comment,
I as a stewardess, would make every effort to save the life of an animal as I would for the life of a human.
When pets are in the cabin, yes they are permitted to evacuate with the owner and or anyother person upon exiting placed upon the lap of the person going down the slide.
That is another safety reason why animals should and must remain in their carriers at all times during flight, it is much easier to grab the handle of the carrier vs. an animal getting loose within the cabin. In this type of ditching there would be no reason not to take the carrier upon exiting the OWE's or Exit Doors.
As Marian had also stated since the merge of America West Live Animals are no longer transported in the cargo area.
When it comes to flight crews you may be amazed at how many of us take our commitment serious to saving lives inclusive of animals.
Flight Crews have a remarkable amount of compassion
take a look at the flight attendant aboard Air Florida flight 90, she gave up her life vest to save the life of a passenger.
The Flight Deck and Cabin Crew aboard this flight were remarkable, as also the passengers it takes a team effort and the team was extended from the flight crew to include the passengers and citizens aboard the surrounding areas upon the boats and the ground crew that was there to help when all was safely brought to shore...
Jan 15th 2009 5:02PM In response of rafaelc378:
We all do Intensive training flight deck and cabin crew. Depending on what airline training can include actual drops into water for survival skills, some are done in simulators ( a real aircraft that is set to hydraulics that crews participate in various and unknown scenarios that include dense smoke and others including pressurised doors and other events using people as being hurt, in shock and things too much to describe, but next time anyone is on a flight and thinks of the flight attendant being a waitress in the air, think again we are trained for emegency of any kinds in the air, on ground and or in the water.
And same goes to when people think all a pilot does is sits up front pushing buttons, think again is all I have to say this is a very good example of what Flight Crews are made of and represent what could have been more of a disaster wasn't due to the crew as a whole as the flight deck knew what to do as the initial point of action and the cabin crew knew what to do when it became their corse of action.
This comes from a Stewardess whoms husband is a Pilot...
All the best to everyone