Lucas Stibbard does the pre-flight safety demonstration

Lucas is now in full flight

THE pre-flight safety demonstration may seem mandatory and mundane to many - but here's one that will put a smile on your face.

Buderim boy Lucas Stibbard, 7, was so obsessed with the drill performed at the beginning of each aeroplane trip that he made his own oxygen mask and seatbelt just so he could do it at home for his family.

Now, the Stella Maris Catholic School student is giving flight attendants a run for their money thanks to Virgin Australia.

Lucas, who has autism, was given his own safety kit including demonstration card, oxygen mask and seatbelt, and asked to perform the drill for the air crew and his family before a recent flight to Bali.

The experience was filmed and uploaded to YouTube.

It has been viewed more than 1000 times.

Lucas's mother Catherine said she rang the airline before the family holiday to see if she could get her son an official name badge.

What happened next was beyond her expectations.

"I sent them some footage I had of Lucas performing at home and they just called me crying, saying they couldn't believe a child could do it," Mrs Stibbard said.

"They told us to meet at the check-in for some surprises for the family. They said it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

There, Lucas and his brothers were given gifts of model Virgin Australia planes.

On board the plane, Lucas was given a pilot's hat, a name badge and his safety kit.

"He was just over the moon. We were all speechless. For a big corporation to do this for a little boy was just a treat,'' Mrs Stibbard said.

"Lucas practises the drill at home with the real thing now."


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