MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Flight attendants for a low-cost
Philippine airline who dance to Lady Gaga to keep passengers from
snoozing through an in-flight safety demonstration are the latest
A video of stewardesses performing a choreographed routine
aboard a Cebu Pacific flight last week to demonstrate safety
procedures has received more than 6.5 million hits after being
posted on the popular video sharing website.
The Manila-based airline, known for holding party games and
singing contests on its low-fare domestic and Asian flights, said
Tuesday it resorted to dancing stewardesses to draw more passenger attention to its in-flight safety reminders.
Three stewardesses in pastel shirts and khaki skirts danced away
to Lady Gaga's hit "Just Dance" along a narrow A-320 passenger
cabin aisle last Thursday to teach passengers emergency procedures
in case of severe turbulence or a water landing.
A passenger on the one-hour flight from Manila to southern
Butuan province recorded the spectacle and uploaded it to YouTube.
The video drew acclaim and criticisms.
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest was impressed and included
the video on his website.
But a group of flight attendants from the flag-carrier
Philippine Airlines frowned on the in-flight show, saying it was
demeaning and undignified.
Left-wing legislator Teddy Casino said that while the dance
routine may have captured passenger attention "it was obviously
difficult to intently listen and hear the safety instructions
because of the loud music."
But the airline was elated and has decided to continue the
flight show."We'd like to spread the culture of fun - and safety," Iyog
told The Associated Press.
Crew members do regular pre-flight safety demonstrations - then
follow up with the musical version when the plane reaches cruising
altitude, she said.
In the video, the flight crew members are shown dancing
animatedly while donning yellow life vests and oxygen masks and
blowing emergency whistles. They turn around and spread their arms
to point to emergency exits.At show's end, the passengers erupt into applause.