If you take onboard safety seriously, look away now
As more and more passengers ignore onboard safety videos, airlines are turning to novel ways to get the message across. Here are nine of the craziest, maddest and downright dumbest.
Less than three weeks after it was launched, Air New Zealand’s Hobbit-themed safety video has had close to 10 million views on YouTube. That’s more people than have flown Air New Zealand. Ever.
Everyone likes kids, right? Not after watching this safety video produced for Thomson. The adorable lisp of the 8-year-old ‘stewardess’ wears thin just after she announces “Welcome abwoard!”
This candyfloss video is so sickly sweet you’ll be reaching for the sick bag before the plane has taxied away from the terminal.
Lady Gaga’s ode to a drunken night of not quite remembering what happened might not be the most appropriate soundtrack for airline safety instructions, but the stewardesses from Cebu Pacific give it their best shot. Mercifully, not wearing meat dresses.
OK, the guys from Cebu Pacific can’t dance for peanuts. But their taste in music is impeccable. Safety Dance by Men Without Hats. The extended mix.
Wondering why the Australian Olympic team did so badly at London 2012? I suspect the shame of being involved in this safety video was to blame.
This rugby-themed safety video, produced to coincide with the 2011 World Cup, held in New Zealand, has the dubious honour of featuring more bad rugby puns – and more bewildered All Blacks – than any passenger should be forced to sit through.
Air New Zealand stripped air safety back to the basics in this video. The staff featured are wearing nothing more than a lick of body paint. Cunning camera angles ensure that their modesty is protected. Not so much in the accompanying 'bloopers' reel.
Finally, the craziest of all safety videos. And, again, it's from Air New Zealand.
Entitled 'Fit to Fly' this video features lurid colours and 80s fitness guru Richard Simmons in an equally lurid outfit. This is plane-crash viewing – you can't take your eyes off it. Which I guess is what Air New Zealand were hoping for.