Fly the common-sense challenged airline
December 10, 2013 | You have probably seen the ad for United Airlines with the symphony orchestra onboard belting out Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue while soaring through the friendly skies.
The visuals are stunning, mainly closeup views of faces and instruments, like the French horn players below.
This is all well and good, but the last time I took a trip by airplane there was barely room for my body. Certainly the trombone player is not sitting in any coach seat I've ever occupied! Think how annoying it is when a little kid sitting behind you keeps kicking the back of your seat. Now imagine getting conked in the back of the head by a trombone slide!
But flights of creative fancy turn to absurdity when we see two flight attendants walking down the aisles between these performing musicians offering goblets of water (wine?). What genius could imagine a plane-ful of orchestra playing Gershwin but not see the absurdity of flight attendants offering drinks to musicians busy with the glissando theme?
Last updated on Apr 29, 2016