They then must do a safety demonstration or monitor passengers as they watch a safety video.
They then must "secure the cabin" ensuring tray tables are stowed, seats are in their upright positions, armrests down and carry-ons stowed correctly and seat belts are fastened prior to takeoff.
Weather conditions are discussed including anticipated turbulence.
Prior to each flight a safety check is conducted to ensure all equipment such as life-vests, torches (flashlights) and firefighting equipment are on board, in the right quantity, and in proper condition.
Add to that the rigid physical examination each must undergo four times every year, and you are assured of the bloom that goes with perfect health.
Due to international conventions and agreements, in which all ships' personnel who sail internationally are similarly documented by their respective countries, the U. Merchant Marine assigns such duties to the chief steward in the overall rank and command structure of which pursers are not positionally represented or rostered.
The term purser and chief steward are often used interchangeably describing personnel with similar duties among seafaring occupations.
This lingual derivation results from the international British maritime tradition (i.e.
Western Airlines (1928) and Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) (1929) were the first US carriers to employ stewards to serve food.
Ten-passenger Fokker aircraft used in the Caribbean had stewards in the era of gambling trips to Havana, Cuba from Key West, Florida.