What is a pre-flight briefing?

Aug 23, 2020 | Cabin Crew

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(Last updated on: 12/10/2020)

Before every flight it is essential for Cabin Crew to participate in the pre-flight briefing – this ensures that your knowledge is up to date and that you’re fit to operate the maximum Flight Duty Period. 

What is a pre-flight briefing?

Elements of a pre-flight briefing

The main aim of a pre-flight briefing is to make sure that the Cabin crew are prepared for the flight. To make sure that this is the case several measures are put in place – which together make up the pre-flight briefing. These include:

  • Crew documentation inspections.
  • Checks to ensure uniform regulations have been adhered to.
  • Paperwork completion.
  • Flight Crew names.
  • Flight number and flight time.
  • Aircraft type, registration, and name.
  • Weather conditions.
  • Performance monitoring.
  • Allocation of crew positions.
  • Onboard service.
  • Bar float.
  • Specific passenger needs (dietary, wheelchair, unaccompanied minors)
  • Safety and emergency procedures and first aid questions.
  • Night stop information.
  • Customs.


The manager will check that you are suitable to fly by checking that you have your airport ID and passport with you. You will then  be questioned by the manager to make sure that your knowledge of crew notices, safety, security and AvMed is up to scratch. If you fail to answer satisfactorily, you will then be asked a minimum of 2 further questions. If the knowledge of a member of Cabin Crew is not up to standard, then they will be grounded immediately for retraining.

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The importance of pre-flight briefings

It’s a legal requirement for all crew to participate in a pre-flight briefing as it will make sure that they are prepared and ready to work the flight in a safe manner. If you are late to a pre-flight briefing you may miss important information and may be unable to fly.

Overall, pre-flight briefings will be an essential part of your role as Cabin Crew. They will be carried out before every flight, and they’re important in ensuring you are ready to carry out the flight safely. 

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