Written by Mond Ortiz
Except if it is a medical emergency or you notice something not right in the aircraft.
Do you notice that during take-off and landing, flight attendants try to avoid contact with passengers and each other when they are strapped to their jumpseats? There is actually a reason behind this and I do want to explain why it is important for passengers to avoid talking or communicating with flight attendants during the critical phases of take-off and landing, of course, except if it is a medical emergency or something you noticed.
Take-off and landing are usually the most dangerous phases in a flight. If you will notice, most crashes happen during these two phases. Flight attendants actually put their full concentration on the situation. Their senses are at full alert. They assess the take-off and landing situation by listening to any strange noice, they look outside and check for any fire, they are observant of any unusual vibration or movement in the cabin, and they observe the action of the aircraft.
As safety professionals, reaction time and knowing what to do is very important for every cabin crew. By concentrating and focusing on the situation, flight attendants will know right away what to do incase of an emergency situation like a terrain or water landing. They can easily spring into action without allowing their emotions to take over their better judgement. They know where to position themselves in order to evacuation all passengers in less than 90 seconds.
When they notice fire or smoke in the engines or in the cabin, they report these to the Captain right away. If they here strange unusual noises, they report these right away to the flight deck crew so they can make necessary decisions in order to ensure the safety of all on board.
Concentrating hard and being very observant of the situation will allow flight attendants to foresee any upcoming emergencies where they can prepare themselves to spring into action.
During the critical phases take-off and landing situations, please do not press the call-bell or do avoid talking to your cabin crew. Unless you need medical assistance right away or you too notice smoke or you see something unusual on the wings or engine, please avoid calling or talking to your cabin crew. Allow them first to concentrate. It is really part of their job. This was part of their training and it all for our safety.