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Airline safety (video) dance

Today Virgin America releases its new, long awaited, much anticipated pre-flight safety video. It’s the first time Virgin has updated its safety video since the droll animated cult classic that debuted with the airline in 2007. As a matter of fact, the flashy new video is a complete departure from the previous version. So fasten your seat belts!

To me, it looks like an episode from Glee, and I keep expecting Mr Schue to come in and quiet everyone down and get to the serious business of safety. It’s fun to watch and definitely gets my attention. (High point for me is at 3:32- the bit about not smoking, “don’t you do it!”) But since BAT readers are frequent travelers… and will undoubtedly see this over and over again… I wonder how many times they’ll smile at it before they start to grimace… but who knows? Take a look, channel your inner Simon Cowell,  and leave your comments below! 

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Screenshot of Virgin's clever animated safety video from 2007

Virgin America’s original safety video has been viewed 750,000 times on YouTube. Click here to see it.

This is the first time an airline has set an entire safety video to music and performed in dance. Virgin says that its in-flight operations and safety teams worked closely together, with Federal Aviation Administration oversight, to ensure all safety regulations and requirements were met throughout the process.

Bay Area native and movie director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Step Up 2) shot the video in Los Angeles, using a cast of choreographers and characters including alums you may recognize from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. (Hello, Todrick Hall!)

To celebrate the new video, the Virgin is launching a one-day “Buckle Up, To Get Down” special offer of up to 20%*off Virgin America flights for travel November 4, 2013- December 17, 2013 (restrictions apply).  To get the deal, use the promo code GETDOWN on Virgin America’s website at www.virginamerica.com by midnight tonight. Photos, trailer and more info here: www.virginamerica.com/safetydance

So what do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down? Do you like the old video or the new one better? Please leave your comments below. 

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