Pilot complains passengers are 'selfish and rude' during announcement on flight

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The incident was filmed on an American Airlines flight (Image: AP)
The incident was filmed on an American Airlines flight (Image: AP)

An American Airlines pilot has gone viral after telling passengers not to be "selfish and rude" during a pre-flight announcement.

The unnamed captain goes through everything from how to treat cabin staff to making sure people use headphones when watching things on their phones.

One of the passengers, comedy writer Anna Leah Maltezos, filmed the funny yet stern speech and shared it on Instagram where it racked up over 4.6 million views.

Firstly the captain reminded everyone to treat the cabin crew well saying: “Remember, the flight attendants are here for your safety. After that, they’re here to make your flight more enjoyable. They’re going to take care of you guys but you will listen to what they have to say because they represent my will in the cabin, and my will is what matters."v

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The passengers can be heard blaspheming with suprise at the unorthodox speech. The pilot continued: "Be nice to each other. Be respectful to each other. I shouldn’t have to say that. You people should treat people the way you want to be treated. But I have to say it every single flight because people don’t. And they’re selfish and rude and we won’t have it."

Random bags scattering the walkways were among the things slammed by the pilot. He said: "Put your junk where it belongs. Everybody paid for a space. Don’t lean on other people. Don’t fall asleep on other people. Don’t drool on them unless you’ve talked about it and they have a weather-resistant jacket."

Pilot complains passengers are 'selfish and rude' during announcement on flightA still from the video (lone_didion/Instagram)
Pilot complains passengers are 'selfish and rude' during announcement on flightThe comedy writer shared the video (lone_didion/Instagram)

So as not to disturb other passengers he also reminded people to use headphones when watching or listening to anything. He said: "The social experiment of listening to videos on speaker mode and talking on a cell phone in speaker mode, that is over. Over and done in this country. Nobody wants to hear your video. I know you think it’s super sweet. It probably is, but it’s your business, right? So keep it to yourself. Use your AirPods, use your headphones, whatever it is. That’s your business, okay? It’s just part of being in a respectful society."

He also laid down the law about who gets to take the armrests. He finished the speech saying: "Middle seaters, I know it stinks to be in the middle . . .You own both armrests. That is my gift to you. Welcome on board our flight.”

Describing the incident, Ms Maltezos told PEOPLE: ""I didn't notice any negative vibes or reactions on the plane, just a chuckle here and there. As the moment's documentarian, my reaction would have ruined the cinema verite.

"But had I been just another passenger on the plane, I probably would have clapped as is custom after a rousing speech. It did seem oddly quiet afterward though...maybe everyone was just so awed by the gift of double armrests they were left speechless."

Charlie Jones

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