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We’ve featured all the fun stuff that the airlines are doing to celebrate the season both inside and outside of the airport. However, at this point we kind of consider WestJet to be the winner when it comes to the holiday hijinks. If you haven’t seen their action during the holidays, be sure to head over here and take a minute to see their viral video.
This week we’re back in the airport, as plenty of Cathay Pacific employees have gotten into the fun over at Chek Lap Kok Airport in Hong Kong. This time it’s not just flight attendants and ground crew, as it looks like they’ve finally dragged the pilots into the fun as well.
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Airports have a long and happy history with Flashmobs, from holiday jigs to entire epics. Just when you think every possible airport flashmob has already been done, along comes Dublin Airport and a host of Celtic dancers to perform a Riverdance-style step routine in the main atrium.
Granted, it is a planned and organized performance so it's less of a "flashmob" and more of a surprise performance, but still it's pretty neat. All in all, the DUB dancers were an international cast of over 60 of the world's leading Irish Dancers, representing 11 different countries.
This occasion actually served two purposes. For one, it was entertainment for weary travelers and for another, it was an ad for "Take the Floor," a dance show happening at Dublin's Helix Theatre from August 9.
[Photo & video: Dublin Airport]
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Can you handle one more airline holiday video? We promise it's good, and not a flashmob for once!
Back in October, Delta got a few good flights attendants and pilots and ramp staff and red coats out on the tarmac at LAX in the wee hours of the morning to film what would be their 2012 Holiday Card to the world. Above is the finished product, which takes marshalling (signalling at aircraft with those handheld lightsticks) to a new, awesome level andshockershows airline employees smiling!
Yep, it's time for yet another travel flash mob as Cathay Pacific, for the first time, joins in the trend for holiday synchronized dancing. Forget for a moment that the flight crew are due to stop smiling and reserve service to argue for a pay increase this season, and just enjoy that they can still get together for a good cause. This performance of 115 crew at their Hong Kong HQ (named Cathay City) helped solicit donations for the charity Operation Santa Claus.
It's too bad that they didn't pull this off inside an airport terminal, but the touch of the Macarena is nice, as is the moment of simulated airplane seating when the attendant walks down the "aisle" with the holiday decoration bedecked cart, but we won't spoil anything else for you. Just watch it, below.
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Airlines and airport love flashmobs. Why? Well, it could have something to do with the fact there's always a large enough captive audience to view, record and social media share the spectacle, but there's also the fact that travelers during the holiday season aren't exactly the happiest bunch and maybe need a little positive boost before boarding that plane. Whatever the reason, travel flashmobs go hand-in-hand with holidays now, and WestJet is first out of the gate for 2012.
On December 4, WestJet organized one of their aircraft to "arrive" from the North Pole to Calgary International and, at 11:30pm before a packed red-eye flight to Toronto, gift those passengers with stockings full of goodies (including Apple iPod Shuffles).
We'll keep other spoilers to ourselves, but do watch the video below and be on the look-out over the next couple weeks as more airports and airlines are, without a doubt, entering final rehearsal for their own flashmobs.
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Oh my god. Well if it wasn't obvious before, it is now: airline/airport flashmobs are the new black.
Latest on the travel flashmob trend is Delta, who just barely released a 5-minute dance, incorporating flight crew and operations peeps from ATL, JFK, DTW and TOC (Technical Operations Center).
It starts off corny, but stay with it. It gets...cornier, but omg do we want to hug everyone involved. See the full video:
The world loves to watch flight attendants dance. This we discovered when that Cebu Pacific video of FAs doing the safety demo to the tune of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry went viral. Who are we kidding? The world loves to watch flight attendants do anything other than typical flight attendant stuff, so when Finnair's girls got together to dance for their fellow crew at base, it would of course leak online.
The song: "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire.
The place: the Finnair Crew Lounge at what we're assuming is Helsinki Airport
Finnair has already posted it on their own YouTube, so this could be a publicity stunt, but the fact they didn't involve any passengers (or public) leads us to believe this is just what it seems; a few flight attendants got an idea, got their friends to play along and then alerted the airline to the fun, who were game to support it.
Cute! Keeping their black leather gloves on was a nice touch.
Calling London. If you plan on being near the Liverpool Train Station in the next 30 minutes you could be a part of the flashmob moonwalk being organized by Twitterer Milo Yiannopoulos in honor of Michael Jackson. According to his updates, the police have "approved" this flashmob event inside the train station on the main concourse but only the first 300 moonwalkers will be allowed to participate. (Remember, this is where the T-mobile flashmob dance commercial was also filmed.)
Afterward, revelers are going to the after-party at the Lucky Voice karaoke bar on Upper Street in Islington.
Meanwhile, folks back in the U.S. can pay their respects to the King of Pop by visiting his boyhood home in Gary, Indiana or the Motown Musuem in Detroit, where many fans are gathering today. If you're on the West Coast, you can hang out with the throngs of fans and media at the UCLA Medical Center in West Los Angeles where Jackson was taken after suffering cardiac arrest or visit his star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Or you could just go out tonight as usual and drink with your friends. But even if you aren't much of a dancer, when "Billie Jean" or "The Way You Make Me Feel" comes on through the stereo, you better pay your respects to MJ on the dance floor.
· The Station Where the Crowds Danced for T-Mobile [Jaunted]