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Just dance, indeed.

Unless you missed it (and with more than seven million hits on YouTube and a flood of Internet chitchat, that’s increasingly unlikely), you probably have an opinion one way or the other about the dancing flight attendants of Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ biggest airline. Take a look:


Since it was unleashed upon an unsuspecting public a few days ago, the video has torn the flying populace. Critics say it makes light of an important safety procedure, while the Flight Attendants’ and Stewards’ Association of the Philippines calls it “demeaning” and notes, “while it may look like a harmless publicity stunt to attract passengers at first glance, in the long run the stereotyping of flight attendants as entertainers will surely have a negative and sexist impact in the minds of the public.”

According to a New York Times blog, the airline contends that the safety song and dance was a supplementary demonstration that took place after the regular drill was conducted. Plans call for the routine to be performed on flights lasting an hour or longer.

Some travelers … well, some just dig it. And I’m among them. Maybe it’s because I like Lady Gaga (yeah, I admit it), or because I’ve been the aisle-seat pin cushion for one cranky flight attendant too many. Attendants have it tough trolling the oft-unfriendly skies, and I can understand the angst some are feeling about their choreographed cohorts.

While I’m not sure I’d glean the all important info I’m supposed to be gleaning from this safety schtick, I’d definitely look up from my in-flight magazine to watch the show (besides, how many of us actually give undivided attention to the unadorned drill?). It’s the same reason I pay heed to Southwest flight attendants, who invariably add a little swagger to just about everything they do.


–written by John Deiner