Monday, October 11th, 2010

I'd Rather My Flight Crew Not Be Drinking Martinis And Taking Ecstasy, Thanks

I'm of two minds about this new Virgin Atlantic ad. On the one hand, it's titillating and great fun to watch. (As was the ridiculous ad for Russia's Avianova airlines.) I like the song, a heavy cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" that sounds a little like Rufus Wainwright but is apparently by the popular band, Muse, whose other song, the one about revolution or whatever that bites the melody line from Billy Idol's "White Wedding" and gets played on the radio a lot, I don't so much like. And in a way it's nice to imagine naughty-girl porn-stars will serve me ice-cream that comes out of their chests and melt into milk at 30,000 feet. And yes, I would like the pilot of any airplane I'm flying in to be cool and confident. But do I really want a rakish rock star, walking down the red carpet in his his shades, zooming off into a disco-space nightclub where giant mirror-balls spin and beautiful people party in martini-glass hot-tubs? I don't know. I think I'd prefer a nice, careful nerd like Sully. These guys come off like Liam and Noel Gallagher.

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smrtmnky (#4,538)

i've done VA upper class from heathrow to SFO and it's just like that. especially after the double stack finally kicked in from the night before in vauxhall.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Do they really serve shrimp cocktail with real metal forks? That seems dangerous.

saythatscool (#101)

It evokes James Bond.

Who else would you want flying your plane?

"ice-cream that comes out of their chests and melt into milk at 30,000 feet."

Katy Perry???

jfruh (#713)

I've actually spotted real live flight attendants wearing high heels on a couple recent flight. One was on the Italian airline Eurofly, where they appeared to be a standard part of the uniform, natch, and the other was actually on AirTran, where one twentysomething stewedess was apparently trying to singlehandedly bring glamor back to the skies. In both cases they struck me as incredibly misguided, though the Italian ladies seemed much surer on their feet.

BadUncle (#153)

Turbulence hits, hijinx ensue.

ow that hurt (#3,919)

If I'm on a flight, and my pilot is an alcoholic.. then I want him to
HAVE that drink, dammit!

Don't want no one with the shakes tryning to land me in Denver..
it's hard enough on a good day.

Or Burbank, where they have to dive straight down (so the fancy people in Toluca Lake aren't bothered by the engine noise)

The "advert" aside (you wacky Brits!):

-Fuck- anyone post-Nina-Simone who tries to do "Feelin' Good." Seriously. Yes, it wasn't her song originally, but it is now.

I'm looking at you, Bublé.

Scott McVay (#7,911)

Check out this one I put it right up there with Nina's.

old gregg (#7,198)

The airline industry ideal has always creeped me out.

Pilots are always men – you want a steady hand guiding that plane!
Stewards are always hot women – you want sexy mamas pampering you, cause you know mom/wifey won't do it!

Although drinking (and then sleeping) on planes is something I fully condone.

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