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| 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.

French horn player

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!

trombone player

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?

Flight attendants with trays of some liquid


Goblets on a tray

Last updated on Apr 13, 2018



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