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11 Creative In-Flight Safety Videos From Around the World

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The last thing most airplane passengers want to do is pay attention to a rote pre-flight safety demonstration. After all, it's always the same from flight to flight. But some airlines are fighting back against ennui, producing creative and inventive in-flight safety videos to grab passengers' attention.

1. "BARE ESSENTIALS OF SAFETY" // AIR NEW ZEALAND

In June 2009, Air New Zealand created just one of many awesome in-flight safety videos. Set to the tune “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” the video featured the airline’s pilots and flight attendants delivered the “bare essentials” of safety. The cabin crew were in full body paint that resembled their uniforms and skillfully performed the safety instructions with strategically placed pieces of baggage and life vests. The video ended with the cheeky tagline, “From the airline whose fares have nothing to hide!”

2. "#VXSAFETYDANCE" // VIRGIN AMERICA

In 2013, Virgin America created an over-the-top musical in-flight safety video featuring singer Todrick Hall from American Idol. The video has everything from a dancing nun to an adorable kid rapping about oxygen masks. It’s well-choreographed and performed with dancers from So You Think You Can Dance. Virgin America even hired director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Street, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) to create the video.

3. "'80S IN FLIGHT SAFETY VIDEO" // DELTA AIRLINES

That same year, Delta Airlines created an awesomely retro safety demonstration video celebrating the '80s. The 5-minute video featured passengers with big hair, scrunchies, jelly bracelets, leg warmers, and the Rubik's Cube. It also featured iconic figures of '80s pop culture, including Alf, Teddy Ruxpin, and NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sitting in the co-pilot’s seat as a nod to the madcap comedy Airplane!.

4. "MILE-HIGH MADNESS WITH RICHARD SIMMONS" // AIR NEW ZEALAND

Two years later after "Bare Essentials of Safety," Air New Zealand created another great in-flight safety video, this one a “workout” featuring fitness personality Richard Simmons. Clocking in at about 3.5 minutes, “Mile-High Madness with Richard Simmons” featured disco music and fun in-flight aerobics.

5. "TRIP: THE VIRGIN ATLANTIC SAFETY FILM" // VIRGIN ATLANTIC

In 2014, Virgin Atlantic got animated, releasing a 5-minute-long safety cartoon that followed a passenger who nods off during a flight attendant's safety demonstration, only to dream about the instructions in a number of film genres. The airline teamed up with motion studio Art & Graft to parody iconic movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Goldfinger, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

6. "THE INTERNETEST SAFETY VIDEO ON THE INTERNET" // DELTA AIRLINES

One awesome in-flight safety video clearly wasn't enough for Delta: In May 2015, the airline kept the fun going with “The Internetest Safety Video on the Internet,” which crammed a number of popular Internet memes—from Nyan cat to the Ice Bucket Challenge to Charlie Bit My Finger—into the safety demonstration. The video itself managed to go viral; it currently has more than 9 million views on YouTube.

7. AND 8. "AN UNEXPECTED BRIEFING" AND "THE MOST EPIC SAFETY VIDEO EVER MADE" // AIR NEW ZEALAND

In late 2012, Air New Zealand created a Middle Earth-themed safety demonstration video to coincide with the theatrical release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The video featured passengers, the cabin crew, and pilots dressed like characters from the movie, including Gandalf the Grey, Legolas the Elf, Gollum, and Galadriel. Director Peter Jackson also made a cameo appearance in the video, which ends with the tagline, “The Airline of Middle-Earth.” The outside of Air New Zealand’s airplanes also featured Bilbo Baggins with Thorin Oakenshield’s company of 13 dwarves.

It wasn't the last time the airline would feature denizens of Middle Earth: In 2014, Air New Zealand made a second Middle Earth-themed safety video for the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The new video featured cameos from Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy, and Jackson.

9. "ARE YOU READY TO FLY LIKE A SUPERHERO?" // PEGASUS AIRLINES

This year, Turkey’s Pegasus Airline teamed up with Disney Turkey and Marvel Comics to bring The Avengers on board their Boeing 737-800 aircrafts. “Are You Ready To Fly Like A Superhero?” features Marvel’s most popular superheroes and villains, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Odin, and Loki. Some of the safety demonstration video even unfolds like a comic book with panels and artwork. 

10. "OLD SCHOOL" // AIR NEW ZEALAND

In 2013, Air New Zealand enlisted Golden Girls star Betty White to host an “Old School” safety demonstration video. Instead of taking place on an airplane, the video takes place entirely in a retirement home resort. The Love Boat’s Gavin McLeod is also featured.

11. "TAP SAFETY VIDEO" // TAP Portugal

TAP Portugal recruited real passengers to perform safety instructions in a highly-stylized set located in a hangar at Lisbon Airport. The production took eight days to complete; the video won the APEX Passenger Choice Award for Best In-Flight Video in 2013.

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Why You Should Never Take Your Shoes Off On an Airplane
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What should be worn during takeoff?

Tony Luna:

If you are a frequent flyer, you may often notice that some passengers like to kick off their shoes the moment they've settled down into their seats.

As an ex-flight attendant, I'm here to tell you that it is a dangerous thing to do. Why?

Besides stinking up the whole cabin, footwear is essential during an airplane emergency, even though it is not part of the flight safety information.

During an emergency, all sorts of debris and unpleasant ground surfaces will block your way toward the exit, as well as outside the aircraft. If your feet aren't properly covered, you'll have a hard time making your way to safety.

Imagine destroying your bare feet as you run down the aisle covered with broken glass, fires, and metal shards. Kind of like John McClane in Die Hard, but worse. Ouch!

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A mere couple of seconds delay during an emergency evacuation can be a matter of life and death, especially in an enclosed environment. Not to mention the entire aircraft will likely be engulfed in panic and chaos.

So, the next time you go on a plane trip, please keep your shoes on during takeoff, even if it is uncomfortable.

You can slip on a pair of bathroom slippers if you really need to let your toes breathe. They're pretty useless in a real emergency evacuation, but at least they're better than going barefoot.

This post originally appeared on Quora. Click here to view.

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How to Escape from Quicksand
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Despite what every corny '70s adventure flick may have led you to believe, you’re unlikely to run into quicksand in your day-to-day life. However, quicksand is still somewhat common near rivers, estuaries, and marshes, so it’s worth knowing how to get out. If you’re hiking alone and get that sinking feeling, don’t panic. Unless the tide rolls in while you’re stuck, you should be able to escape to safety.

1) Calm Down!

Forget what you’ve seen in movies - you’re not going to be sucked into a bottomless pit. Even in the deepest quicksand, you won’t sink far past your midsection. The human body is just too buoyant. So take deep breaths. The more air you have in your lungs, the better you’ll float like a human cork.

2) Toss Your Gear

All that extra weight will make you sink faster. Ditch your backpack and try wriggling out of your shoes. They will make escaping more difficult (boots in particular become stubborn suction cups when in mud).

3) Don’t Move

Resist the urge to wiggle your legs. Quicksand is what’s known as a non-Newtonian fluid, so it liquefies whenever there’s movement. As you sink, your weight pushes water from the sand. With the water gone, the sand thickens, creating a vacuum that tugs you down.

4) Okay, Now Move

You’re sinking because the sand around your legs has lost water. But if that water can return, the sand’s grip should loosen. That’s your route to escape—and the only way to do that is to move.

5) Put Your Back Into It

Time to redistribute your weight. If you’re ankle or knee deep, slowly sit down. If you’re waist deep, lean on your back. Don’t panic about sinking—a pit of quicksand is like a swimming pool. You’ll sink if you stand, but you’ll float if you spread out on your back.

6) Time to Shake a Leg

With your upper body now serving as a counterweight, you can start pulling your legs out. Wiggle one leg in small circles and pull. Water will slowly flood the sand around you, weakening the quicksand.

7) Perfect Your Forward Crawl

Removing your leg in one fell swoop would require as much force as it does to lift a mid-sized car, so take your time. It may take a while to remove your leg, but you’ll get it out eventually. Once both limbs are free, gently flip onto your belly and crawl to solid safety.

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