Airlines are going the extra (air) mile to make you pay attention
First published on 28 Mar 2012. Updated on 28 Mar 2012.
It used to be that inflight safety videos were designed to make us not pay attention. Staring at the roof is generally more riveting than learning how to adjust a seatbelt for the 50th time.
Not now. Bundles of hilarious in-flight safety videos have popped up on YouTube in recent years. So assume the brace postition: here are our top five…
Air New Zealand’s Fit to Fly with Richard Simmons
Air New Zealand’s “Fit to Fly” safety orientation with 1970s fitness guru Richard Simmons is funny, cringe-worthy and utterly compelling …
Air New Zealand safety team talk
The Flying Kiwis have made a fine art of the safety video. Featuring the All Black team – with Richie McCaw as captain – this punny video will teach you the appropriate time to “get up to stretch your hammies” and how to find the exit if the plane is “All Black”. And if the rugby hunks make you breathless, don’t worry; there are oxygen masks for this very purpose.
The cutest flight attendants you’ll ever lay eyes on
Thomson Airways’ video features a new generation of flight attendants. Sure, they are probably still in infant school and are unable to pronounce “aircwaft”, but these tiny humans with their teddy bears, plaits and piggytails command attention through cuteness alone.
Virgin America cartoon safety video
This video begins like most safety videos, with music that will eventually put you to sleep. Thank god the caricature video with its sarcastic narration soon kicks in. We like the demonstration of how to use a seatbelt “for the .001 percent of you that have never operated a seatbelt before”.
A well oiled Cebu Pacific safety routine
Cebu Pacific run their flights with a perfectly choreographed live safety demonstration to Lady Gaga’s ‘Just Dance’ and Katy Perry’s ‘California Girls’. It’s outgoing, and a tad sexy too. Thanks girls – if the plane goes down, we’re ready to shimmy our way to safety.