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Life vest

English: Life vest

French: Gilet de sauvetage

Airplanes are equipped with life vests or at the very least, flotation devices, in the event the plane has to make an emergency landing on water. If need be, their usage is explained to passengers during the safety demonstration before each flight, just like oxygen masks. Therefore the expression for “life vest” probably isn’t one that you’ll personally have to use very often, despite them being an integral part of aviation safety.

One situation in which you might have to use this expression in French is when you give baby briefings to passengers and have to tell them where the infant life vests are located in the aircraft.

Gilet (m)=Vest


Sauvetage (m)=Saving, Rescue

Gilet de sauvetage=Life vest


Now available! Module 4 of Canadian French for Flight Attendants. Learn the French for:

-Less common food/drinks/special meals.

-Bag issues (bag won't fit/no more space).

-Announcements for mechanical problems, cancellations, airplane changes, diverting, etc.

-Delays because of fuel, catering, connection passengers, weather, etc.

-Tight/missed connections.

-And much, much more!


Flight Attendant Souvenirs. Souvenirs d’un agent de bord. United Arab Emirates, February 2020. Émirats Arabes Unis, février 2020. Sandbashing footage.


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