|2010-10-04 – Weird News
Jeehan Fernandez – AHN News Writer
Airline, Union Clash Over Dancing Flight Attendants
|Manila, Philippines (AHN) — The Philippines’ largest airline in terms of international and domestic passenger traffic, Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) says it has been buoyed by overwhelming online response to its flight attendants dancing during the usually routine safety demonstration.
The female flight crew moving to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” as they explain the use of seat belts and the placement of exit doors has become viral on YouTube among global viewers, hitting more than 5 million views in only a few days.
CEB has always been known to be a fun and dynamic airline to introduce high-quality products and offer genuine warm Filipino service, the company said in a statement. The carrier thanked the public for the warm welcome and appreciation of company’s aircraft safety procedure dance rendition.
But the country’s trade association of flight personnel is not about to join the “latest high dance craze.”
The Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) said it “is deeply perturbed by the recent video spreading in the Internet showing dancing flight attendants while performing the safety demonstration of the flight.”
“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, at the expense of the unwitting female-dancer-flight attendants,” FASAP said in a statement.
“In fact, the dancing flight attendants video has elicited a lot of sexist comments in YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. This gender insensitive packaging is a throwback to the unenlightened past during the 50s and 60s when ‘stewardesses’ were made to wear hot pants and mini-skirts to appeal to dominantly male business travelers. To make them dance in front of passengers takes this mind-set to new lows,” the group noted.
Cebu Pacific officials challenged the group’s assertions. “The safety demo dance rendition is just another way to bring out our fun culture and showcase our homegrown talents,” said Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution.
“We plan to roll this out onto more flights after receiving great commendations from the global public. We still conducted serious safety demonstration procedures and demo dance was done at cruising altitude right before our trademark Fun Flights,” Iyog said.
“This was a test demonstration so that we can get feedback from our passengers. We do not compromise safety in anything we do and it will remain our primary concern. We just really know how to have fun too,” said Iyog.
The safety demo dance was conducted in mid-day flight from Manila to Butuan last week.
Cebu Pacific flies a route network of 33 domestic destinations and 16 international cities.
A YouTube video of the dancing flight attendants can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqh8e2KYIrU.