Crews Critique Travolta Aviation Video

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Qantas has introduced a new in-flight safety video hosted by their spokesman John Travolta, which has been criticized by some pilots and flight attendants in online comments as "cringeworthy," "corny," "trite," and "tacky." Some commenters, according to the Telegraph, took offense at Travolta's use of the term "team" instead of "crew." One commenter said the word is demeaning: "It makes us feel like we work at McDonald's." Others said Qantas should have used a "real pilot" in the video, many suggesting as an alternative Richard de Crespigny, who was credited with saving 466 lives after he and his crew safely landed an A380 after an engine exploded. A Qantas spokeswoman told the Telegraph the company has had only positive feedback. "We're really happy with the video and we think it's really engaging," she said.

Travolta briefly introduces the three-minute video, which covers basic safety information for passengers and plays before every A380 flight. Dressed in a pilot's uniform, he says, "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 and I can tell you, there's no one I'd rather have at the controls than a Qantas pilot." Travolta owns several airplanes, and owns a home in a fly-in community in Florida.