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Funny Safety Videos

The moment they announce that the flight safety video is coming on, I think, “Ah…let the nap officially begin.” I know the information is important, but I’ve been flying for 30 years and could probably recite the rules in my sleep.

Finally, the industry has taken notice of this trend. In a bid to entice you to sit up and tune in, major airline carriers are updating their videos with humor, sultry backbeats that seem better suited to ultra-lounges, and easy-on-the-eyes instructors.

This week, when Delta Air Lines released their new safety video on their corporate blog, it caused such a stir that USA Today took notice. The video features a Delta flight attendant who bears a striking resemblance to Angelina Jolie, causing fans to dub her “Deltalina.” Here, take a look, but promise me you won’t stop until the part where she playfully wags her finger at the camera, insisting in a smoking-hot way that smoking is not allowed.

On the more humorous end of the spectrum, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America have animated safety videos featuring nuns, guys dressed in street wear, and even bulls(!) trying to abide by the safety rules, but at times failing hilariously, like causing the bathroom smoke alarm to go off. My favorite bit comes at the end of the Virgin America video, when it says, “We promise to do everything we can to make sure you have a safe, comfortable flight.” (pregnant pause) “Not the least of which is ending this speech now.” Ha!

I think these videos are a stroke of genius. They’ve got a captive audience who can’t use approved electronic devices during their showing, and now that they’re compelling I could see myself actually paying attention.

What about you?


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Nothing But Bonfires

Oh, I remember the first Virgin Atlantic safety video I ever saw — I think it was in 1995 or 1996, when they were still terribly cutting edge. The safety video was ANIMATED and the voiceover was this smooth British gent, and then LATER they actually started using Ewan McGregor’s voice for it, and that was pretty much when I insisted that I would ONLY be flying Virgin Atlantic from now on.

Deltalina is slightly scary though…..


I’m really not over the name Deltalina.

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