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Philippine dancing flight attendants' routine only a test demo

Mixed reaction after flight attendants in the Philippines provide educational entertainment.

  • By Florence Pia G. Yu, Deputy Web Editor
  • Published: 16:00 October 4, 2010
  • Gulf News

Cebu Pacific Air's dancing flight attendants in action
  • Image Credit: YouTube
  • Cebu Pacific Air's dancing flight attendants in action.
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Dubai: Everyone's been talking about the very different type of in-flight entertainment on offer at Cebu Pacific Air, but it appears the video of its dancing flight attendants was merely a test demonstration.

Cebu Pacific clarified on Monday that the video was just a demonstration and that a normal safety demonstration was done prior to takeoff.

“This was not meant to replace the regular serious safety demonstration, done by the flight crew for passengers,” Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing, told Radyo Inquirer 990.

In the YouTube video, flight attendants deliver safety instructions while dancing to Lady Gaga's Just Dance and Katy Perry's California Gurls
 

On Monday, less than five days after it was posted on YouTube, the video had already received more than five million hits and was continuing to attract attention around the world.

One YouTube user called it a “nice change” to having to deal with “rude flight attendants”, while another said the routine made the plane appear like a “night club”. Others questioned whether the dance routine might compromise passengers' safety.

Cebu Pacific's Iyog said on Monday that the feedback was overwhelming, but that they have yet to meet with the airline's top management to discuss the issue.

In Dubai, Filipino expatriates who have travelled on Cebu Pacific gave mixed reactions to the dance routine. MJ Paca, an office administrator, told Gulf News: “I think the flight attendants' dance routine is good because it will definitely catch people's attention, unlike the typical and boring safety demonstration. Who really pays attention to that?”

Ariel L. Rivera, a senior guest service executive at Etihad, disagreed. “It's a light-hearted approach, but passengers' focus might be diverted to the dance and not on the actual flight safety instructions. How will people remember what to do in case of emergencies?” he said, adding that even frequent flyers need to focus when the safety instructions are being demonstrated.

Philippine-based Cebu Pacific calls itself a “fun airline”. It has already gained popularity for its in-flight games, which offer passengers prizes on the spot.

In a separate interview with GMANews.TV, Cebu Pacific's Candice Iyog admitted that the airline is “looking for something new and different to show that flight safety doesn't have to be boring”.

Comments (13)

  1. Added 09:09 October 5, 2010

    In deed a breakthrough for an amusing journey yet SAFETY is strongly Up hold.

    Gracie, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 08:02 October 5, 2010

    for a change, enjoy the performance and keep safety in mind! we love it.

    JOVENER ROSALES, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 02:45 October 5, 2010

    Air New Zealand's safety demo video is much better, more entertaining, in addition to that the safety message gets across pretty well.

    Khalid, London, United Kingdom

  4. Added 21:49 October 4, 2010

    It actually made the airline safety procedures exciting and less boring. Atleast Cebu Pacific is looking for innovative ways to improve their services, the Crews are in great shape and pretty as well, and the beautiful smile on their face is always there.(Thats what the FA of Airlines here lack).

    maherm, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 21:41 October 4, 2010

    c'mon, do you think passengers DO pay attention when the demonstration is done in the old-fashioned way?

    kresnap, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 21:06 October 4, 2010

    GN Team your the best. What an amazing video. The ladies were too good i should say. thats what i call Wow!!!! it was well presented with out a single mistake.i wonder if we could start this in other flights too to make our journey more enjoyable.

    Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 21:05 October 4, 2010

    I truely agree that this will catch the attention of every one including children, & as well as inform every one clearly the procedures & steps to be taken as this will always remain in their mind with the dance. Cheers & way to go !

    pankaj, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 21:01 October 4, 2010

    Demonstration In a form of a dance. Read the statements again Readers. this is done in such a way that passengers do not get bored and can pay attention to important details. so if any unprecedented events take place we don't have to blame the cabin crew for that. when i am on the flight i make sure i pay attention to each and every single detail. IF your not then your just negligent as that's what most of us do . We tend to ignore the important message.

    Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 18:54 October 4, 2010

    I think it is a creative way of educating poeple about flight safety. I admit this will definitely get my attention, rather than the boring, formal style that airlines deliver flight safety demonstrations.

    Frances, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 18:53 October 4, 2010

    this is so stupid i must say ......wat is this i think this will be the most discusting step if taken

    Rida, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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