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Clinton in flight attendant spoof
Hillary Clinton speaks to the media on board her campaign plane on 16 January 2008
Mrs Clinton said her speeches would be the in-flight entertainment

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton briefly took on the role of flight attendant while travelling on her campaign plane.

Speaking to members of the press on board, she gave a humorous take on the standard flight attendant speech familiar to air travellers.

"Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and welcome aboard the maiden flight of Hill Force One," she joked.

The plane that carries the president is called Air Force One.

As the plane made its way down the runway before taking off from Las Vegas on its way to Reno, in Nevada, on Wednesday, she introduced herself on the loud speaker.

"My name is Hillary and I am so pleased to have most of you on board," she said, referring to her sometimes difficult relationship with the media.

In the event of an unexpected drop in poll numbers, this plane will be diverted to New Hampshire
Hillary Clinton

"[Federal Aviation Administration] regulations prohibit the use of any cell phones, Blackberries or wireless devices that may be used to transmit a negative story about me," she continued.

"In a few minutes, I am going to switch off the 'Fasten Your Seat Belt' sign. However, I've learned lately that things can get awfully bumpy when you least expect it - so you might want to keep those seat belts fastened," she added.

"And in the event of an unexpected drop in poll numbers, this plane will be diverted to New Hampshire."

Taking the opportunity to make a political point, she continued: "If you look out from the right, you will see an America saddled with tax cuts for the wealthiest and a war without end.

"If you look out from the left, you will see an America with a strong middle class at home and a strong reputation in the world," she said.

The in-flight entertainment would be a political speech, she added.

She finished by saying she was grateful that the passengers "chose the plane with the most experienced candidate".

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