Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cebu Pacific Airlines Dancing Flight Attendants

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; this is your Captain speaking.  May I present the Cebu Pacific Airlines Dancing Flight Attendants!

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MANILA, Oct 7 – 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 six 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.”

Women’s rights group Gabriela said in a statement that “portraying women in a sexy manner to make business brisk is not only a cheap promotional gimmick but also makes corporations such as Cebu Pacific a purveyor of sexism and machismo that reverses the hard-won recognition that Filipino women have achieved.”

The company spokesman declined to comment on the criticism.

“I think the reason why this is a success is that the crew enjoys doing it,” he said, noting that a conventional safety demonstration is also given before the plane leaves the ground.

In line with its original plans, the airline will offer the service on select flights this month and next. The spokesman could not say whether it will be expanded. – Reuters


Now take a look at this one:

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Hey, only now I know what to do in case of emergency! This is REALLY effective attention-grabbing safety demonstration. Thumbs up!  What would they think of next.  I will let my imagination run wild.  Maybe mouth-to-mouth resuscitation demonstration!!


bow said...

How is that possible that a dancing flight attendant is conducting a demeaning and undignified 'entertainment' , it is just bunch of baloney from Philippine flight attendant association. The attendant is not stripping and doing lap dance, dancing 'Lady Gaga' style is nothing demeaning, it is just another form of dancing, it is part of corporate strategy to draw attention from the antiquated way in airline business. Don't take it too seriously, no one is getting hurt or family got destroy after all. haha....

Anonymous said...

I am appalled at those critic who say these flight attendances are demeaning women by using dances to demonstrate how to use a life jacket and in conducting their emergency drill to the air travel passengers, it is just a change of usual boring safety presentation by flight attendant in Philippine airlines. Nothing to get excited about, they are still wearing jean and shirt while dancing in the plane, what is so undignified here??? Those women rights group must be a bunch of retards to make public statement like that.


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