Airline "surprised" as dance safety demo goes viral

Thu Oct 7, 2010 10:21am EDT
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MANILA (Reuters Life!) - The Philippine airline whose flight attendants danced a safety demonstration to Lady Gaga said on Thursday they were "surprised" after a video of the routine became an online sensation.

Cebu Pacific Airlines, a budget airline long known for entertaining passengers with amusements such as mid-air trivia games, said they had wanted to make the safety demonstrations "fun and exciting" to get passengers to pay attention.

Instead of the usual bored flight attendants robotically buckling seatbelts, passengers on a recent domestic flight watched as women wearing bright orange shirts and stylish pants ran down the aisles of the plane, smiling broadly.

Dancing to a mash-up of Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" and Katy Perry's "California Girls," they strutted flirtatiously as they showed off lifejackets and bounced up and down, arms moving in rhythm, to indicate the emergency exits.

As they bopped, a sober voice-over told passengers what to do in case of an emergency landing. Passengers applauded at the end.

Posted on the internet, the video racked up more than 6 million hits in five days.

"This actually surprised us," a company spokesman said. "It's overwhelming -- we've seen a lot of positive response."

But not everyone is smiling.

The Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines said that requiring flight attendants to dance in front of passengers was "demeaning and undignified...(they) are not entertainers."   Continued...