It is best when a member of the flight crew, particularly the captain, provides a preflight briefing to the entire crew. Sometimes this does not happen for different reasons, which then requires the lead flight attendant to provide a briefing to the other flight attendants/cabin crew.
The objective of a crew briefing is to provide all flight attendants/cabin crew pertinent information about the upcoming flight. This briefing should include information such as:
- Route of flight and flight time
- Any known or forecast weather enroute that may affect services
- If any of the flight crew members are FFDOs
- Any specific passengers crew members need to know about and their seat location
- Any known security threats specific to the flight
- Review of operating procedures
- Aircraft equipment preflight responsibilities, and any other topic the lead flight attendant finds worthwhile to mention.
Additionally, the preflight briefing does help bring the crew together as one and sometimes there are new crewmembers joining the flight, and it gives a chance for everyone to interact and get to know a little more about their crew.
The briefing should be short, perhaps 2 to 3 minutes to keep the crewmembers attention.
Cabin crew briefing resource
A useful, additional resource is available here for further review. This information is provided only as a resource and One Cabin Safety does not endorse or recommend the use of procedures as described in the Airbus document.