The Use of the Phonetic Alphabet as a Flight Attendant

THE USE OF THE PHONETIC ALPHABET AS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT

The International Aviation Language is English. As a flight attendant you will be exposed to a world of new languages with the Phonetic Alphabet being used often.

In the late nineteenth century a group of linguists developed the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPL). The first version was created in 1888 but this alphabet has undergone revisions since then. The IPL uses characters originating from the Latin alphabet and uses a word that starts with the letter you want to say.

The Phonetic Alphabet is used by all Airline Personnel to ensure that communication which takes places is accurate.  Thousands of flights take place between countries with flight crew and air traffic controllers speaking with accents of their mother tongue. Use of this alphabet will ensure the correct identification of letters during communication.

In 1956, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) adopted the phonetic alphabet for use within the aviation industry to assist in a safe operation. Use of this alphabet will avoid pilots and air traffic controllers misunderstanding each other during radio communication thus avoiding a potential accident.

The alphabet is easy to learn and it is imperative that you use it.

 

 

A

Alpha

J

Juliet

S

Sierra

B

Bravo

K

Kilo

T

Tango

C

Charlie

L

Lima

U

Uniform

D

Delta

M

Mike

V

Victor

E

Echo

N

November

W

Whiskey

F

Foxtrot

O

Oscar

X

X-ray

G

Golf

P

Papa

Y

Yankee

H

Hotel

Q

Quebec

Z

Zulu

I

India

R

Romeo

   

 

Now let’s spell the word Attendant using the phonetic alphabet:

Alpha, Tango, Tango, Echo, November, Delta, Alpha, November, Tango.

As a crew member the phonetic alphabet also comes in very handy when describing a less than favourable or difficult passenger.  We are certain that you can think of many appropriate and descriptive names.

Now spell these out phonetically.