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VintageKrug - 02/03/2011 07:43 BST

It's a very annoying issue, but as I said asking nicely usually has the right effect.

Senator - 02/03/2011 08:06 BST

judynagy and all,

I have been in 1B on the CO 757-200s a few times on long-haul. I do agree that CO crew (and without offending all of my American friends - US crews in general) are "chatty" in the open areas including the Galley.

However, I do have a degree of sympathy for this lot as well. The sardine tin called B757-200s is not good for the crew for its use; long haul to Europe. There is essentially no space for them to sit and enjoy what most workers are entitled to: break time, and banter with co-workers.

I like VK's approach; a nice, gentle question to keep the voices down. Second course of action would be to call the Cabin Manager, and thirdly the captain. In my experience, you will get understanding and sympathy if you approach staff with questions rather than accusations.

bombayteddy - 02/03/2011 08:22 BST

"Sounds" sadly all-too-familiar....if I may use a pun!
I am referring in particular to the red-eye from Bombay to Dubai I took a few years ago, First Class, seat 1A, and it was yackety-yack from the crew in the galley right in front of me, for all 3 hours. It certainly defeated any attempts to sleep on Emirates very comfortable recliner; and eventually telling the crew (politely) to can it, was too-little-too-late.
Shouldnt crew understand that First Class DEMANDS a certain decorum?

judynagy - 02/03/2011 15:59 BST

Shouldnt crew understand that First Class DEMANDS a certain decorum?

Thank you for finally articulating my feelings, teddy. I just never expressed myself correctly. All the bumbling around about crew need their social intercourse, working conditions are terrible ... I'm not arguing this. It's the decible level, not an occasional too-loud laugh, but continual clamor and complete disrespect for the fare-paying passenger. Now having finally sorted out my own thoughts thanks to all of you, I can put my plan into action on my next CO flight. I'll just ask the flight supervisor for some quiet ... when I board ... NOT after they wake me up from my takeoff nap. I appreciate all the input.

My opinion is that

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nevereconomy - 06/03/2011 23:46 BST

Of course the American lack of volume control is always a problem when flying, be it from the crew or fellow travellers. The traveller issue is difficult to deal with, but in the case of crew I have no problem telling them to keep it down. Of course carriers from other lands are not immune - I have complained many times when travelling BA First on a 777 and the Club galley band was yelling, crashing and banging.

SimonRowberry - 07/03/2011 14:33 BST

"Of course the American lack of volume control is always a problem when flying"

I'm not sure it is so much the volume, per se. I once asked a speech therapist why it was that if one was in, say, a rail carriage, one could hear Americans far more clearly than, say, Brits or French travellers, even if they were standing or sitting much further away. It was explained to me that the intonation of the accent, especially the syllable, dipthong and vowel sounds, lead to it travelling greater distances and seeming to be louder, when actually it isn't (in terms of decibels).

Apparently there are certain other accents (Finnish, Dutch and South African, if I remember correctly) which have a similar effect, and others (I think most Latin languages and "BBC" English) which have the opposite characteristics.

This is not, by the way, an anti-American posting in any way! I guess the answer might be to fly BA, Air France, Iberia or TAP....... ;-)



FlyingChinaman - 07/03/2011 14:59 BST


I found your comment very interesting as I am surounded by Americans at work but mostly Brits at home (BBC English).

I shall observe from now on whether to see if it really is what your speech therapist outlined that make the marked noise level differences.

The Dutch can talk loud but not sure if the South Africans (Afrikaners?)also do the same as I have lived in the RSA and don't remember the loud noise..

SimonRowberry - 07/03/2011 15:01 BST

Hi FC,

I'll be interested to hear.

For the record, it wasn't "my" speech therapist; it was a speech therapist I once met....!



FlyingChinaman - 07/03/2011 16:24 BST


I may have been heavily influenced by the bombardment of the "King Collin" film clips on the BBC for the Oscar event last week!!!!



nevereconomy - 08/03/2011 00:00 BST

As a Brit who has lived in the US for over 30 years, and a linguist to boot, volume does play the major part, but SimonRowberry has a good point that there is a an shrillness in both men and women that makes the voice travel further - he is correct that Australians and South Africans share the same characteristics. All that being said, it can be mighty irritating on a long haul flight. I share the view that Boots Muffles earplugs are essential for regular travellers.

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