John Travolta’s new introduction to the Qantas Airlines in-flight safety video (played on all domestic and long-haul flights) has been dubbed “cringe-worthy” by Qantas staff, according to the Australia’s Daily Telegraph.
The three-minute demonstration video has angered cabin crew who say a “real pilot” – like Captain Richard de Crespigny, credited with saving 466 lives on the failed QF32 flight from Singapore – should front the message.
The video opens with “Captain” Travolta, named the airline’s ambassador in 2010, dressed in a pilot’s uniform and hat, announcing: “This is your captain speaking – well, maybe not today.”
“But I can guarantee that the guys on the flight deck and the greater team care just as much about aircraft safety as I do. I’ve been flying over 40 years as a pilot and I can tell you, there’s no one I’d rather have at the controls than a Qantas pilot.”
Flight crews ripped Travolta (who flew his own Qantas Boeing 707 to Australia last November), as not being a “real” pilot. One staff member said that “the whole thing seems to make the safety message seem trite.”
They called on Qantas to use Captain de Crespigny. “Who better than the genuine aviation professionals who saved QF32?,” said one Qantas staff member.
Flight attendants say they also have a problem with being repeatedly referred to as “the team ” – not flight attendants or cabin crew members – in the video. “We feel it’s demeaning to be called “the team”, one said. “It makes us feel like we work at McDonald’s.”
A Qantas spokeswoman said they had received only positive feedback from staff and customers. “We’re really happy with the video and we think it’s really engaging,” she said.