As cabin crew we tend to shorten a lot of words, some are very technical and some just have become part of our everyday language. It’s just how we speak and understand each other. Of course not all terms are the same worldwide and have their own differences. Technical words are mostly the same no matter what part of the world or what airline.

10 ABP

We look for ABPs during boarding, on take off and landing. ABP stands for able-bodied passenger. These people are potential candidates for helping cabin crew in an emergency situation such as an evacuation on land or water or a pre-planned emergency landing.


PRM stands for person of reduced mobility. We will know how many PRMs we have onboard at the crew briefing and will plan according and be able to assist where we can, during the flight.

8 FAs

Sometimes we are known as cabin crew, sometimes as flight attendants, depending on the airline and the region. Collectively we talk of FAs (flight attendants) when referring to another group of cabin crew or as a community.

Wizzair cabin crew

Cabin crew often refer to the collective term of FAs to describe themselves. Photo: Wizzair


These two words are for the same position, depending on the airline. The SCCM is how the senior cabin crew member is referred to onboard. They are the most senior in the cabin and will run the team and lead the crew briefing. CSD is exactly the same position but some airlines use the term cabin services director.


Known to anyone in the aviation world, this subject is part of training for anyone within aviation. We take aviation security very seriously but shorten the subject to AVSEC.


This is part of training for cabin crew and pilots and also shortened from aviation medicine. This crucial part of training ensures that we can deal with any medical emergency onboard the aircraft, to our best ability. AVMED also covers aviation health and the effects of flying on the body, hypoxia and circadian rhythm and sleep. Tropical diseases are also studied, so that cabin crew know how to take care of themselves whilst traveling.


Cabin crew take safety and emergency procedures very seriously. Photo: Eurowings


A very important part of training and day to day flying. Safety and emergency procedures are learned during training and stick with you throughout your cabin crew career and even into general life. You never forget them. These include all the commands cabin crew use during an emergency and the exact procedure followed for the type of emergency.


Crew resource management is something that continues to develop, all the time. It was brought into airline training in the 1990s, after a series of airline accidents. Its aim is to improve communication between the flight crew and the cabin crew to prevent accidents or incidents. There used to be a ‘them and us’ attitude whereas now, all communication is open and no question is too silly. We are the eyes and ears in the cabin, so for us to communicate safely with the flight crew is very important.

2 DG

Dangerous goods is another topic during training, where we look into what items are safe in the cabin and the hold and which are not. Not the most exciting element of training, but it is a very important one.


Familiar to any cabin crew or flight crew who have flown on an Airbus. CIDS stands for cabin intercommunication data system. This controls features in the cabin such as lights and temperature and cabin announcements. Emergency signals are also monitored here as well as exit door status. The main panel is at the front door of the aircraft, at the SCCM jump seat and there are smaller panels at the rear of the aircraft.


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