Even before Saturday Night Fever sailed its way into theaters, John Travolta was piloting aircrafts and cruising cockpits (No Pun Intended) with a Captain’s Hat and a smile. But four decades of expertise on The Friendly Skies hasn’t shielded Travolta from the wrath of employees with Australia’s Qantas Airlines. John, who serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the carrier, has upset airlines employees with his starrng role in the company’s new safety video.
“This is your captain speaking, well, maybe not today. But I can guarantee that the guys in the flight deck and the greater team care just much about aircraft safety as I do today. I’ve been flying for over 40 years as a pilot, and I can tell you there’s no one I’d rather have at the controls than an Qantas plot,” Travolta says in the video’s intro.
Employees say the video, which features the 57-year-old actor and pilot in a three-minute safety video that airs before every take off is “cringeworthy,” “corny,” and “tacky.”
The biggest cause of consternation? In the video, Travolta refers to the employees as “the team” instead of “cabin crew members.”
That’s like The Holy Grail of Disses in Flight Attendant Land.
“We feel it’s demeaning to be called ‘the team.’ It makes us feel like we work at McDonald’s,” a Qantas employee, who asked not to be identified, complained to The Herald Sun Monday.
“The whole thing seems to make the safety message seem trite,” another airline insider chimed in.
As if that wasn’t painful enough, we hear a number of Qantas staff members have been bombarding the web with anonymous posts criticizing the video.
“We’re really happy with the video and we think it’s really engaging,” a rep for the airline remarked when quizzed by The Herald. The rep adds that she has only heard positive feedback about John’s safety promo from customers and staff.