March 21, 2011

Travolta Qantas Video: Offensive?

Tourists flying on Qantas airlines might get a pleasant surprise, with an airline safety video from the Hollywood star John Travolta. But some employees of the airline are reportedly offended by the video.

Some staff of the airline say it should be a true professional airline pilot who offers the advice, although Travolta is a longtime pilot on his own time. And they say it feels dfemeaning seeing Travolta refer to them as "the team" and such.

On the video Travolta tells all those who bought plane tickets "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."

Travolta Qantas Video

John Travolta has come under fire for fronting an airline safety video, with Qantas staff calling for "genuine aviation professionals" to hand out advice. The "Grease" star, who is a certified pilot and Qantas' Ambassador-at-Large, has filmed a motivational promo for passengers to view onboard...another worker is calling for hero pilot Captain Richard de Crespigny, who is credited with saving 466 lives in an emergency landing, to front the promo, "Who better than the genuine aviation professionals who saved QF32?"

Travolta Qantas Video

Posted at March 21, 2011 5:00 AM