Virgin America’s Safety Dance

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.

xxx Ailsa

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US pals.

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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45 Responses to Virgin America’s Safety Dance

  1. Danny James says:

    Now that is totally cool!

    DJ

  2. Quite the production. I liked it.

  3. ailsapm says:

    Makes me want to hop a Virgin America flight right now, Penelope. 😉

  4. dwdirwin says:

    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!

  5. Expat Eye says:

    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?!

  6. Ricky Leong says:

    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!

  7. Lyle Krahn says:

    Now to see people trying to make the experience better – especially without patronizing you.

  8. 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….

  9. Linne says:

    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

  10. Linne says:

    That was great! Our WestJet has always been fun and entertaining, too. I’ve re-blogged this on A Random Harvest. Thanks. ~ Linne

  11. 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.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2172022/Sir-Richard-Branson-fly-space-end-year–hes-bringing-family-529-passengers-paying-128-000-each.html

  12. sueslaght says:

    Makes me want to hop on an Air NZ flight that’s for sure. Fabulous and fun!

  13. mithriluna says:

    Oh my gosh. This is great.

  14. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I wouldn’t dare disobey after that!

  15. 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.

  16. quite simply says:

    Reblogged this on quite simply….

  17. Pamela says:

    Good fun Branson….but the NZ videos are my favourite.

    • ailsapm says:

      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. 🙂

  18. This is absolutely INSANE! I LOVE it. And I don’t fly!!!!
    I will pass it on though. Thanks, Ailsa.

  19. siskinbob says:

    Reblogged this on WrAnTz and commented:
    Shouldn’t all inflight safety videos be like this ?

  20. Hoping that they roll it out on Virgin Australia, it is awesome and extremely catchy.

  21. Mike Lince says:

    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.

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