Note: With two notable exceptions below, I always ask one of the flight crew if I can take an airline safety card.
Would you really want to take an airline safety card as a souvenir? They’re typically cooped up in one of those seat-back pockets, one of the nastiest places on the plane. Not to mention, they have those please do not remove from the aircraft labels…well, that’s why you ask first.
But I enjoy the various languages written on them, the amusing graphics, and from time to time, review them to see the bizarre and unique airlines and aircraft types I’ve tried out.
Now that 2023 is here, that means new airports to visit, new routes to explore, and of course, new airlines to add to the safety card list.
But the new year also makes me wax nostalgic for carriers no longer around, and countries no longer accessible.
On that note, here are a few outliers from my collection:
But, why does this one deserve recognition? One, it’s the oldest airline safety card in my pile (that’s where the date “5/94” comes into play). Two, Continental doesn’t exist anymore. And three, DC-10s no longer offer scheduled passenger flights.
I took one flight with the bygone Adam Air, between Bali DPS and Jakarta CGK. The Merpati (another defunct Indonesian carrier) staff at DPS helped me buy this ticket, due to some overeager flooding causing capacity issues at Jakarta airport that weekend.
It’s also one of the few flights from 2008 and earlier that I vividly remember. Inside the plane, there was duct tape liberally used to hold various parts/doors together. Pieces of my seat were missing, and the plane rattled from take-off to touchdown. Might as well thrown in a couple more photos of Adam Air, because it seemed that they were doomed from day one.
Would be even weirder if these two cards are from the same plane, just years apart.
Though, hah, I have some pretty bad luck flying from Bali, as this particular flight had to return to Bali airport to refuel. In other words, the routing was Bali-Bali.
The pièce de résistance- an airline safety card from a Tupolev 134 of North Korea’s Air Koryo. Definitely didn’t ask permission to take this one. Furthermore, it’s the only Soviet-made plane with a presence in my archives, and it’s one of two Soviet jets that I’ve flown (the other – also with Air Koryo – was an Ilyushin 62).
Is there any airline memorabilia that you collect?