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August 11, 2011

Airlines have been getting more creative with preflight safety videos in an effort to keep passengers’ attention. One airline has even enlisted a glittery, workout guru to keep customers interested.

Air New Zealand customers are told by none other than Richard Simmons, “We’re going to work hard, work out, and get you fit to fly.”

The fitness icon and the accompanying flight crew don retro workout gear from neon pink spandex to glittery teal tops while working out to the airline’s safety instructions. Simmons’s enthusiasm is complemented by the bright disco-themed airplane set and music.

Take a look for yourself. Here's a video from Air New Zealand's YouTube channel:

Other airlines have also chosen to liven up the mandatory safety experience with celeb cameos, reports The Wall Street Journal. Turkish Airlines chose one of the most famous soccer teams, Manchester United, to demonstrate the wrong way to use safety equipment. The uniformed athletes are shown clowning around, tumbling down the inflatable escape slide in a comical, but clearly incorrect, manner.

Earlier this year, we also reported that Cebu Airlines picked Lady Gaga to entertain and inform passengers. While the safety demonstration doesn’t feature Gaga herself, stewardesses relay preflight safety information two ways. First, the standard safety demonstration, and second, as a dance number set to the tune of Gaga’s hit song “Just Dance.”


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