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You have NEVER seen a safety video like the Virgin America safety video

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I wanted to run this article last week, but I know that most Head for Points readers during the week are using the site at work.  This is not something that you necessarily want to play at full volume in your office.

I will be running a review of my Virgin America flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas from Monday.  It is well worth reading.  Before that, though, I wanted to dedicate a whole post to Virgin’s safety video!

Take a look at this.  It is five minutes long but I STRONGLY recommend you watch the whole thing!

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Let me be clear on one point.

This is not a spoof.  Virgin America really plays this video (all seats on Virgin America have seat-back TVs) at full volume at the start of your flight.

The cabin crew stand in the aisle and do their seat buckling demo and pointing out of the exit doors in time with the music.

I cannot for the life of me understand how the Federal Aviation Authority in the US allowed them to get away this.  It is huge fun, and I’m pleased they run it, but the rules governing aviation are so strict that I would never have imagined this could slip through.

I can’t see British Airways running something similar any time soon ….

Comments (56)

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  • Steve says:

    The new Delta one is somewhat amusing tioo.

  • Mr Bridge says:

    To be honest this and the air new zealand safety videos are the only 2 I have watched in full.
    I have never flown with either airline!!

  • chris1922 says:

    I seem to remember reading that these are all real VA flight attendants, they are not professional dancers.

  • Hingeless says:

    I have flown vurgin Australia lots recently, whilst the safety briefing is analogue and boring they do have the following line:

    “You may now use small electronic devices until we arrive at the gate in flight mode”

    I thought it was I mistake at first, but you really can play music and watch films during take off and landing, it’s great listening to some music whilst touching down.

    • Dave says:

      You can on BA too.

      • Alan says:

        Yes, I think most European and American airlines now have this more relaxed approach to personal electronic devices – it makes the inevitable delays at Heathrow much more bearable!

  • SingingDwarf says:

    Great the first time you watch it….

    I remember taking an internal Qantas flight a few years ago and the attendant telling us that the light and whistle on the life jacket were for attracting camels.

  • sandgrounder says:

    Am I getting old or is this a bit inappropriate and really annoying? I think this post might have triggered a mid-life crisis. Thanks Virgin America!

  • Mark says:

    Love it or hate it the fact that we’re talking about it with most of us not even in the country let alone on a VA flight shows it is likely to get far more attention than most safety videos.

    That has to be a good thing.

  • FIRSTclstraveller says:

    Quite incredible! I could imagine if you were a regular VX passenger it would get quite annoying…

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