It seems Delta has taken a flight back in time with the release on Tuesday of a new 80s inspired in-flight safety video. The amusing film pays homage to big haired valley girls, break dancers and even ALF. NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's even jumps back in the cockpit to revive his character from the 1980 film "Airplane!" and an original member of Devo, Gerald Casale, is seen safely storing the popular energy dome.
According to a posting on the airline's blog, the video was filmed over 20 hours on a Delta 777 in Detroit. More than 100 people including 20 actors, 80 extras, six flight attendants and a pilot are featured in the video dressed in 80’s fashions including authentic Delta flight attendant uniforms.
Virgin America got a lot of buzz last year with the release of its Glee-ed up safety video, which has more than 8 million views on YouTube, and Air New Zealand has released a series of videos over the past few years, including a 2013 video starring Betty White.
One of the world's largest airlines, Delta received a near perfect 90 rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index and is a Platinum Partner with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.