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Arm And Cross Check

armdoorsBefore you take off on a flight, you’ll hear “Flight attendants, arm and cross check doors for departure” and then when you land you hear a similar message about disarming the doors. Have you ever stopped to wonder what that actually means?

Once the main cabin doors are closed, they need to have the emergency slides made ready to fire in case the doors are opened in an emergency. Cross checking means that they go across the plane to make sure the flight attendant on the other side did theirs correctly.