Once upon a time, air travel was exciting; it was an adventure, entertainment in and of itself. That was before legroom and seat size dwindled to the verge of ridiculous, before meals became a bag of pretzels became pack your own lunch and long, long before you were scanned, fingerprinted, felt up and patted down to within an inch of your existence. Taking to the air these days is all too often a serious, sterile business, so any attempt to rekindle the lost joy of flight is alright by me.
It’s no secret I’m a big fan of anything that makes sitting through an in flight safety video more entertaining. Air New Zealand’s whimsical videos have kept me grinning for quite some time, but now Virgin America has stepped up and thrown down the gauntlet with their new ‘Safety Dance’ video. With inspired song and lyrics by Todrick Hall of American Idol fame, it’s an epic mix of song and dance that runs the gamut from jazz and tango to break dance, pop-n-lock, b-boy and Broadway.
Oh, that robot rap was too much fun! How many different dance moves did you spot?
The only concern I have is that I may find it difficult to remain safely seated during takeoff while I’m watching this video. I might just have to bust a move or two.
Five, six, seven, eight… Jazz hands.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my US pals.
Now that is totally cool!
I’m going to be singing it all day, Danny (and practicing my robot moves!)
Just shared on my Twitter feed. Following you there.
Ah, I just found you on Twitter too, Danny, followed back. Nice to make your Tweetship! 😉
Quite the production. I liked it.
Me too, I have a big grin on my face after watching it, Turquoise 😉
Love it 🙂
Makes me want to hop a Virgin America flight right now, Penelope. 😉
That was pretty cool, but I still have to give the edge to Air New Zealand. I chuckled long after that one was over- and it was a long flight!
Those Air NZ ones are pretty great alright, the Bear Grylls one is my favourite. 🙂
Super entertaining! Watched every second of that – unlike in real life! The guys scuttling across the floor on their hands were so cool – what’s that move called?!
No idea but it looks awesome. 🙂
This is a fantastic safety video. Very creative … although I’m sure repeat customers will find a way to tune this out, eventually 🙂
Thanks for sharing it!
Glad you enjoyed it, Ricky, it certainly brought a grin to my face. 🙂
Now to see people trying to make the experience better – especially without patronizing you.
Indeed, Lyle. I like the hint of attitude they throw in too, like the ‘don’t make me ask you again’ part, makes me giggle.
That was fun to look at and listen to and the poor stewardesses could actually relax for a minute or two while this video is showing….
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Reblogged this on A Random Harvest and commented:
and now for something completely different! If you plan on flying, watch this video first. Just sayin’!! 😉 ~ Linne
That was great! Our WestJet has always been fun and entertaining, too. I’ve re-blogged this on A Random Harvest. Thanks. ~ Linne
Glad you enjoyed it, Linne, thanks for the reblog. xx Ailsa
I can’t help but be continually impressed by Virgin and it’s owner Richard Branson. If I had any desires to go to the moon I would check him out first.
Now that would be an awfully big adventure, Dawn! 🙂
Makes me want to hop on an Air NZ flight that’s for sure. Fabulous and fun!
Glad you enjoyed it, Sue. xxx Ailsa
Oh my gosh. This is great.
Yaay, glad you liked it as much as I did!
I wouldn’t dare disobey after that!
Haha, neither would I 🙂
I didn’t know about either – thanks for posting.
My favorite was the NZ one – witty and smart, but I have to admit that the Virgin one might be more entertaining for younger audiences. I hope others emulate these two pioneers. Also, it’d be nice to see what other cultures might come up with.
I know, Aristotle, it’ll be interesting to see how other airlines respond. Good times. 🙂
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Good fun Branson….but the NZ videos are my favourite.
Both very different approaches but both so innovative. The power of fun should never be underestimated. Speaking of fun, check out my favourite ad du jour Dance Pony Dance It’s just been re-released for Christmas and it kills me every time I see it. 🙂
This is absolutely INSANE! I LOVE it. And I don’t fly!!!!
I will pass it on though. Thanks, Ailsa.
Haha, glad you got to fly high through the video, while keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground. 😉
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Shouldn’t all inflight safety videos be like this ?
Yes they should! Thanks for the reblog, Bob 😉
Hoping that they roll it out on Virgin Australia, it is awesome and extremely catchy.
An entertaining safety video. Too bad the seem to invest more in their video than in flying comfort. Once the chuckling is over, it is still painful to contemplate the long hours ahead. That is the price we pay for travel these days, I guess. Nonetheless, thanks for sharing.
Too true, Mike, air travel these days is something to endure rather than something to enjoy.
I am so using this tonight.
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