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Flight safety demo a YouTube hit

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 YouTube sensation.

A video of flight attendants 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 Web site.

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 flight attendants to draw more passenger attention to its in-flight safety reminders.

"People hardly pay attention to the safety demo on the ground," Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing Candice Iyog said. "The airline was very thrilled with the outcome."

Three flight attendants in pastel shirts and khaki skirts danced away to Lady Gaga's hit "Just Dance" on 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 recorded more than 6.5 million hits as of Tuesday.

Elated, the airline decided to continue the flight show. 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.

"We'd like to spread the culture of fun -- and safety," Iyog said.

Crew members do regular pre-flight safety demonstrations -- then follow up with the musical version when the plane reaches cruising altitude, she said.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  | October 5, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Airlines, Airports, Aviation  
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