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Spider-Man & friends appear in United Airlines safety video

Spider-Man weaves through United Airlines’ newest safety video

Spider-Man poses with United Airlines employees who appear in the new safety demonstration video – courtesy United Airlines

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For a story on USA TODAY, I was invited to be on set during part of the filming for United Airlines’ new safety demonstration video featuring Spider-Man – and friends.

Here’s the story, And the video.

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” won’t be in movie theaters until July 2 but, starting today, fans of the webbed wonder (and of hidden film references known as Easter eggs) will be able to see Spider-Man in action in United Airlines’ newest inflight safety demonstration video.

United Airlines, Sony and Marvel worked together to weave the Federal Aviation Administration’s required safety instructions into a fast-paced, short (4:44) film starring Spider-Man, a trio of villains, and some of Spider-Man’s friends.

“We’ve kept the worlds of Spider-Man and United safety separate, but together,” said Daniel Cuellar, Director of Global Advertising for United, “Crew members, as always, are doing the demos and giving instructions, but there’s an underlying fun Spider-Man aspect to it.”

And some cool special effects.

“That’s the benefit of partnering with Sony,” said United’s Vice President of Marketing, Mark Krolick. “We were able to make this safety video with movie theater-style production and effects. It’s not something we usually have the opportunity to do and I think our customers will appreciate the higher production value.”

And, United hopes, pay attention in a world where airlines try to out-do each other with engaging safety videos.

“There is plenty of evidence that learning is more effective when there is play and fun involved, and these videos follow a trend of gamification and entertainment of information,” said Sabrina Habib, a professor of Visual Communications at the University of South Carolina.

Spoiler alert: here’s the plot of United’s new Spider-Man-themed safety video

On the set during filming of the United Airlines new safety video. Photo Harriet Baskas

In United’s new safety video, villains cause trouble at the corner store owned by Mr. Delmar (played by Hemky Madera). Spider-Man happens to be nearby and springs into action. He chases the goons into a movie theater, to a park fountain, and down a dark alley; captures them all; and leaves them neatly wrapped up in a web with a handwritten note for the authorities that says “All Yours! Gotta Fly. Spider-Man.”  

If you pay attention, you’ll notice a framed photo of the late comic book writer and Marvel super hero creator Stan Lee in the store. That’s Spider-Man movie character Eugene “Flash” Thompson (played by Toni Revolori) helping to demonstrate safety instructions about putting electronic devices into airplane mode.

And, while you may not know who they are, some of the extras in the video are people who bid their MileagePlus miles for a chance to be part of the project.

There’s more:

Spider-Man’s alter ego, Peter Parker, has a best friend, Ned (played by Jacob Batalon) who is in-line outside a movie theater when Spider-Man streaks by chasing a goon into the theater. They race by a man walking down the sidewalk, played by none other than United Airlines’ CEO Oscar Munoz.

“Wow, that must be some good movie,” says man-on-the street Munoz

“Yeah, I hear the best friend’s hilarious,” replies Ned.

During filming of the street scene outside the classic Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles this past January, Munoz was having fun bantering with the production crew and was patient and good-natured about the multiple takes.

Off the set, there was an upcoming earnings report and the impact the partial government shutdown was having on the airline industry to think about, but Munoz felt taking time to do this safety video cameo was important.

Besides being fun for him to do, “It brings an awareness that while United is incredibly serious about issues of safety and operational reliability,” said Munoz, “Were are the also the ‘The Friendly Skies’ and we want to be friendly and fun. I think this gives us that narrative.”

United CEO Oscar Munoz, Spider-Man and Jacob Batalon (‘Ned’). Photo_Harriet Baskas

How did United Airlines rope Spider-Man into a safety video appearance?

United is not only an official airline sponsor for the new Spider-Man movie; one of its airplanes has a cameo in the film.

In “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” Peter Parker and his high school classmates go on a class trip to Europe, stopping in London, Venice, Prague and a few other places. United flew a 777-200, retrofitted with the Polaris business cabin, to London for a week of shooting.

“There are lots of different scenes of the kids going over and coming back.” said United’s global advertising director Daniel Cuellar, “Peter Parker has one very rich friend who’s flying in Polaris while everyone else is flying in economy. So there’s lots of great footage of the aircraft. And when the kids come home from Europe, they filmed in Newark Airport as well.”

Other tie-ins

United’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” tie-in goes beyond the safety video and the aircraft cameo in the film. 

Starting in June, travelers in United’s Polaris business class will get a Spider-Man-themed amenity kit, in red or blue, which includes a Spidey-branded eye mask and socks, alongside tissues and other branded personal care items.

The airline is also inviting MileagePlus members to bid award miles for a chance to attend the “Spider-Man: Far from Home” premiere in Los Angeles on June 26 or to use award miles to attend pre-release screenings in seven of the airline’s hub cities.

See Singapore Airlines’ glamorous new safety video

Singapore Airlines has unveiled its new in-flight safety video, which not only reminds passengers of the safety procedures to be mindful of, but takes viewers on a panoramic journey across Singapore.

In the video, passengers follow the Singapore Girl as she travels to landmarks such as Boat Quay, The Intan Peranakan Home Museum, River Safari, Haji Lane, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Henderson Waves, Capitol Theatre and Gardens by the Bay.

 

Take a look:

 

Sporty safety video from United Airlines

United Airlines new safety video

 

The summer Olympics in Brazil don’t kick off until August, but United Airlines – which has been flying Team USA athletes to training events and competitions for more than 35 – has a new Team USA-themed safety video ready to spring into action on May 1.

The video features appearances by star athletes including decathlon champion Ashton Eaton, swimmer Missy Franklin and others who will compete in gymnastics, weightlifting, soccer, basketball, swimming and other Olympic events, as well as (very) fleeting glimpses of Nessie the Sea Monster and the llama from previous videos.

On a special Team USA section of the United Hub website, fans can also view behind-the-scenes footage, photos and interviews taken during the making of the new video and watch a short video filled with travel and packing tips offered by United crewmembers and athletes. Ashton Eaton is a fan of packing cubes, Missy Franklin is, not surprisingly, a big advocate for staying hydrated, and trampoline athlete Logan Dooley’s favorite packing method evidently involves shoving everything into a suitcase and sitting on it until it can be zipped.

 

 

 

Fun new safety video from Delta Air Lines

Fun, offbeat airline safety videos designed to catch the attention of ‘seen it a hundred times’ passengers continue to roll off the line.

The latest comes to us from Delta, the airline that brought us ‘The Internetest safety video on the Internet,” and other classics.

Like the others, this new video has some fun features and special surprises, including a a chipmunk (or is that a squirrel?) putting an acorn in the overhead bin, Moses parting the back-up in the aisles, a couple of crusty sailors, the Yo Gabba Gabba monsters and more..