Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant Delivers a Crowd-Pleasing Comedy Routine During Safety Instructions
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Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant Delivers a Crowd-Pleasing Comedy Routine During Safety Instructions

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | April 14, 2014 | Comments ()


Occasionally, you’ll get that flight attendant who thinks he or she is funny and sprinkles their safety instruction spiel with a couple of jokes that make you cringe. Given how rote they are, and how many times most of us have heard them during the course of our lives, I still appreciate those efforts, no matter how lame. But this woman — Martha Cobb — she’s hilarious, and she got the ovation from the passengers she deserved.

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  • In the end the routine was pure hilarity and in good jest but one supposes what probably makes the video a hit is the unspeakable and awkward reality that sometimes planes do crash, undergo turbulence, are hijacked, suddenly disappear and that is the god forsaken moment every passenger forever fears. Which might explain why a humorous take on something that can once every so seldom can become lethal or disturbing is a welcome relief to the unspeakable and unthinkable‚Ķ.

  • Ruthie O

    This is fantastic. I'm a nervous flyer who has to fly lots for work, and the safety talk is always the worst part for me; it highlights ALL the bad things that can happen. All I hear is "there's a chance we'll have to make an emergency landing, that we'll lose cabin pressure, and/or that we'll crash to our fiery deaths." So anytime someone can make light of the talk to show how unlikely those occurrences are, I feel a little bit safer and less likely to use the paper bag.

  • e jerry powell

    Because Southwest RULES.

  • Munkymack

    Along these same lines, I had the best guide on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland a few years ago. Her top two zingers:
    1. Here's a joke for all you psychics in the boat (Dead silence for ten seconds)
    2. If you look to the right of the boat, you'll see some happy hippopotamus swimming alongside us. If you look to the front of the boat, you'll see the what happens when you drop out of community college.

  • sian8470

    I used to fly SWA for work quite a bit and I'm certain I had this flight attendant on one of my flights. She rocked it and got the same audience reaction when she was done. Even the veteran flyers and those who acted like they would rather drink bleach than fly Southwest couldn't help cracking a smile.

  • Wrestling Fan

    Years ago, flying Southwest from San Francisco to Seattle, the pilot was killing it.
    Every ten, fifteen minutes, he would say, "If you look out your left window, you'll see [insert object here]. And if you look out your right window, you'll see beautiful I-5!" The entire flight, Interstate 5 was a prime focus. Silly fun.

  • barcia

    That reminds me of one of my uncles, a pilot for Qantas, who sounds exactly but exactly like Rodney Dangerfield. I'm sure there's always an edge of "I don't get no respect" to his announcements.

  • PerpetualIntern

    I have a really bad fear of flying, but travel a lot for my job. Hearing a relaxed pilot over the intercom does wonders for my nerves.

  • chanohack

    I've heard a variation of the ex-husband joke on a couple flights. My favorite was a guy attendant that asked us to pay attention to his ex-wife and her ex-best friend. :)

  • daisyankh

    A couple of years ago the first leg of my flight home to NY was from Tucson to Phoenix, and it was the first time i heard a flight attendant be funny. One of the things he said, "Since we're flying over the desert, I'm required to tell you that in the event of a water landing, your seat cushion doubles as a flotation device. Lift the seat and place your arms between the straps, hugging it close to your chest as you jump out of the plane and run across the desert. You know, if we're forced to make an emergency landing, you can just take the cushion with our compliments."

  • mrsdalgliesh

    I love that SW allows their flight attendants to do this. My last flight had a steward who told the slow movers to "Put your tush on the cush so we can push!" and "I know you think that purse matches your eyes, but no one cares, so shove it shove it shove it under the seat in front of you."

  • BWeaves

    That was great.

    It reminds me of the time, a few decades ago, that comedian Foster Brooks was asked by an airline pilot to give the pilot's info over the loud speaker on the plane in his drunk character. I think the pilot got in a lot of trouble for that. It was different than his skit with Dean Martin that's on youtube.

  • I had a very funny flight attendant on the (now defunct) People Express flight from Boston to New York. I can't remember all of it, but it made me laugh. I distinctly recall him saying this: "If you have not been in a car since 1952, *this* is a seatbelt, and here's how you use it."

  • kirbyjay

    That was funny!! Love a Flight Attendant with a sense of humor. I love ANYBODY with a sense of humor.

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