For most travellers, especially those who are frequent fliers, airline safety videos are typically when the eye mask goes on and noise is tuned out. In response to this reaction, many airlines are creating fun, inventive videos that provide the same level of safety education while entertaining passengers.
Listed below are the top 5 airline safety videos. They range from funny and irreverent to sleek and well designed.
5. Virgin America – #VXsafetydance\
In 2013, when musical TV shows and song and dance competitions were still all the rage, Virgin created this video, which incorporates impeccably choreographed singing, dancing and even celebrities. The song used in the video, which was composed and produced by artists from Virgin’s record company, features a rapping little girl and cameos by famous dancers Mike Song and Madd Chadd. It also stars former So You Think You Can Dance contestants and an American Idol finalist. The video is directed by Jon M. Chu, who also worked on the dance movie Step Up 2, as well as some of Justin Bieber’s music videos.
The catchy video inspired a spinoff, including one with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, who demonstrate some of the dance moves from the original production.
4. Air New Zealand – The Bear Essentials of Safety
Bear Grylls, a British adventurer, writer and television presenter best known for his television series Man vs. Wild, is the main highlight of this video. This safety demonstration falls under the “entertainment” category, as it features Grylls suggesting using your oxygen mask as a portable toilet, among other funny wilderness-themed tips. The beautiful landscape of New Zealand is also centre stage in this video – not surprising from a Kiwi airliner.
3. Air France – France is in the air
This beautiful and stylish video from Air France is very different from the others. Where some use comedy, celebrities and flashy music or dancing to engage viewers, Air France has opted for a clean, pretty and smart video. This safety tutorial features elegantly dressed women, and expresses sentiments including how buckling your seat belt accents your waist and how smoking on airplanes is “not chic.”
2. Air New Zealand – The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made
Air New Zealand, which has become well known for its entertaining and outrageous safety videos, went all out with “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” The “official airline of Middle-Earth” celebrated the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The video features Elijah Wood, star of the film, and Sir Peter Jackson, who is the director. It follows two Hobbit super fans who are magically transported to Middle-Earth for their safety instructions.
Delta – The Internetest safety video on the Internet
As one of the funniest and most topical flight safety videos ever made, this features nearly every popular Internet meme from the last 10 years. Keyboard cat, Double Rainbow guy, annoying orange, Doge and dramatic chipmunk are included among dozens of other Internet sensations. Although it follows traditional flight safety video parameters, its meme stars add a layer of absurdist humor that is unparalleled when compared to other videos of its kind.