(Source) Life is hard when you’re a budget airline. Between Ryanair and Spirit Airlines offering dirt-cheap but increasingly uncomfortable budget flights, and JetBlue branching into luxury travel, it’s hard to get attention for your brand. But no one has ever accused Richard Branson of lacking publicity stunt mojo: His newest venture, a United Kingdom-based spin-off of Virgin Atlantic, is offering in-flight improv comedy and live music.
Virgin Atlantic Little Red, a U.K. domestic rebranding of Virgin Atlantic, will feature “in-flight gigs” on selected flights that include live music and improv comedians. Entertainment will take place on flights headed to Edinburgh and Manchester, and performers will be selected from the talent pool at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
But here’s the kicker: While the acts will be mentioned on Virgin Atlantic’s Facebook and Twitter pages, the flights they will be performing on will be a surprise. We’re guessing that business travelers, improv comedy, and a confined environment will be a volatile mixture, but that’s just us.
I honestly can’t think of anything I would want to watch less than an impromptu improv show or concert while on a plane. Serious question, has anyone at Virgin Atlantic ever actually flown on an airplane before? Because no one who has ever traveled would ever think this is a good idea. When I travel I go in straight up machine mode. I don’t speak, I don’t smile, I don’t look at anyone. I just keep my head down, occasionally breath, drink a beer at the airport chili’s and maybe another one on the plane and wait until I get to my destination. Just get me from point A to point B in as little a time as possible and I’ll be happy, that is it. I can’t even do the little chit chat with the person sitting next to me, what makes you think I can endure an Improv act? So yeah, way to over think this one Virgin Atlantic. If I ever get on a plane and someone starts singing show tunes in my face I will probably lose my mind, and I feel like I’m not even close to alone on this one.
Sidenote – Am I in the minority for thinking that people who talk on an airplane are fucking weird? I don’t understand how you can just sit there and talk to a stranger for 2-3 hours. Maybe that makes me an asshole but I’d so much rather just stare at the seat in front of me and fake like I’m deaf than be stuck in a conversation with a complete stranger with literally nowhere to go.