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You’re probably familiar with the airline safety video, as it does its best to describe the importance of seatbelts, oxygen masks, and a timely exit in case of an emergency. Now there might be an additional safety briefing for those heading over to Hawaii, as some state officials want to reiterate the importance of staying safe in and around the water.
Since the ocean isn’t exactly a swimming pool, there are obviously risks involved due to waves, swells, and riptides. Drowning deaths aren’t a statistic that anyone is especially fond of, and that’s especially the case on the island of Kauai, where drownings have spiked this year. Now some lawmakers are proposing some rules and regulations that would encourage airlines to play some additional safety videos during the flight.
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Oh, the 1980s. The decade of boxy suits, big hair, and this safety video from a TWA Lockheed L-1011 TriStar jet. Note that it's also still a decade of allowing smoking on planes and airline safety videos so lengthy that the real danger was in zoning out before they'd finished.
No portable electronic devices to turn off, nor were there any in-flight wifi instructions in the seatback pockets, that's for sure. What they did have, however, is quite clear in the 1976 commercial below. Steaks in economy!
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Well, the mega-creative folks behind the quirkiest airline safety videos have struck again. Air New Zealand has put up a brand new, themed video and this one is an excursion you won't forget. Bear Grylls climbs mountains and floats down raging rivers all the while showing us how to have a safe flight.
We would agree that flying can be an adventure and with Bear walking across our person television screen, we would be able to relax a bit more knowing he is looking out for us. Taking in-flight safety out of the cabin and into the rough world, the Man vs. Wild star gets his hands dirty and gallivants all over the South Island's Routeburn Track, hunting for the ancient Moa.
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2012 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready for 2013, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2012 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
We’ve seen our share of wacky travel videos this year, but at year’s end we just have to pick one deserving of a Jaunty. There were plenty of strong contenders for best viral video this year—think airline safety videos and plenty of time lapse—but in the end it was a parody of an airline safety video that won over our panel of judges.
A few years ago Delta kind of hit the jackpot with their in-flight safety video, as it became instantly recognizable due to its star—Deltalina. Flight attendant Katherine Lee was soon the face of the airline—at least to many—and even scored her very own Wikipedia page. Despite all the success of the video it’s now time for a changing of the guard, as Delta is switching up the safety video for the first time since around 2008.
There’s a couple different flavors of the video, and you should start to see them pop-up on a seat back screen near you. The different video versions—which were both shot over at Detroit-Metro International Airport—pretty much share the same basic information, but each has a different flight attendant and a different set of jokes.
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Here is the moment that most of us (#avgeeks) have been waiting for. Air New Zealand, "the official airline of Middle Earth," has launched their "The Hobbit"-themed in-flight safety video featuring elves, hobbits and wizards as replacements for the typical flight attendants, all showing us how to inflate a lifevest.
The Kiwi airline is no stranger to exercising their creative muscle with in-flight videos and promotional events. Ahead of the much anticipated release of the first movie of the The Hobbit trilogy, Air NZ embraces the homeland film. "The Unexpected Briefing" is almost as hot with plenty of ballyhoo on the airline's blog, The Flying Social Network.
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Something is just 'not right' with this flight attendant
If you're on your way to cross the equator in hopes to see the actual set of the highly acclaimed movie, you might just be able to get in the "middle-earth mood" a little easier with Air New Zealand's newest plans to promote the heck out the new movie and its sequel.
The Kiwi airline has repainted some long-haul planes with landscapes and characters pulled from the set of the film. Keeping with a travel theme, a Boeing 777-300 gets a new paint job for first release, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' and then a 777-200 gets decorated for 'The Hobbit: There And Back Again'. The planes will be flying from the island nation to both the US and the UK.
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You know we can’t get enough of airline safety videos. We’re obviously partial to the quirky options from Air New Zealand—especially since they seem to release an update monthly—but we’re also happy to experience the lighter side of these videos as well.
That’s the kind of time waster we have for you today, as someone has taken the time to offer up a pretty good parody of Delta’s safety video.
Of course Deltalina is there in all her finger-wagging glory, but let’s just say that someone has put a few new words into her mouth. We doubt the safety professionals at Delta are going to be loading this video into the overhead monitors anytime soon, but it’s definitely worth a watch and a chuckle.
Screeching brakes, personal technology insults, crash sound effects, movie references, and way too many crazy voices all add a little something extra to the video we’ve seen one too many times. So take a few minutes out of your busy day and enjoy—we did.
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We told you about the newest safety video from Air New Zealand, and now we will pop over to Australia because Qantas is also sprucing up their in-flight intros. The airline's latest idea to creatively inform passengers how to buckle their seat belts doesn't use celebrity voices, but instead uses home grown Olympic athletes.
The Red Roo has enlisted famous Australian Olympic and Paralympic athletes to demonstrate brace positions and how to find an exit in the event of an emergency. Since the airline sponsors the entire team of runners, swimmers and other sports people, it make sense to highlight their accomplishments. All the athletes don the national green and gold uniform and, frankly, it clashes with the eyes a bit too much.
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When you think of Air New Zealand, you're supposed to think about a sleek white airplane winging its way over blue waters to very, very far down under. Alas, thanks to Air NZ's media efforts, you're now just as likely to picture Richard Simmons in a bedazzled tank top or blonde Playboy models pouting.
These would be a couple of the stars of their recent in-flight safety videos and commercials, and now there's two more to add to the mix: Ed O'Neill (Modern Family, Married with Children) and Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men, Up in the Air), who lend their voices to the illustrated (!) safety video that's brand new for this season.
We know it may be hard to believe, but it seems that Air New Zealand has finally tired of their naked flight attendants safety video, which you can see here. Now showing onboard their domestic 737 flights is a fresh and new airplane safety demonstration vid, one that features hunky rugby players. But don't worry, someone still gets naked in the end.
The rugby-themed video was filmed with a slew of famous faces (famous to Kiwis, at least) from the All Blacks team and their devoted fans. A brush with one of the players causes a fainting flight attendant to reach for an oxygen mask and thus we learn what to do when the masks drop down. In another small scene, an FA snaps a cell phone photo with a player, and then they instruct everyone to turn off electronics during takeoff and landings.
Like past videos and ad campaigns by Air New Zealand, the concept is fresh, modern and a little sexy. Too bad it's only on their domestic flights. Do you recognize some familiar faces from the naked video in this new one? We do!
Airlines have developed a suspicion - from where, we have no idea - that we passengers aren't really listening to their pre-flight safety instructions. Apparently they feel that their prerecorded soliloquies about emergency doors and water landings are being adhered to with something less than rapt attention.
In response, they're going out of their way to get passenger eyeballs onto video monitors. Virgin America changed up the game first with their cartoon safety instruction video which has tongue-in-cheek humor and shows a cute girl with a bad nicotine habit and a nun that is more plugged in than a 13-year-old boy.
And how could we forget Deltalina? In fact, we really wish we could forget the image of her botoxed face telling us to put on a seatbelt.
Now, everyone of course knows about Air New Zealand's new naked safety video, which we covered while it was being produced. The final commercial is currently inching its way toward 4 million views on YouTube. Reasonably attractive but suitably everyday male and female attendants in body paint. It's viral magic.