Flight attendants are willing to do anything—literally, ANYTHING—to get passengers to listen to the safety instructions these days. Virgin America has attendants doing entire choreographed routines in the aisles! That doesn't even seem safe!
Meanwhile, Southwest has moonlight comedian Martha "Marty" Cobb, who puts her own little sassy spin on the safety speech with jokes that your dad will LOVE. So it's not Cirque du Soleil in air. Hey, they're on a budget.
"Can I pretend to have your attention for just a few moments?" Marty starts. "My ex-husband, my new boyfriend and their divorce attorney are going to show you the safety features aboard this 737 800 series. It's been a long day for me."
And from there, she's off on a tight three-minute stand-up set!
To make it easy for you, here are the two ways you could react to this video:
You Love It: Anywhere can be an open mic night if you truly believe! You thought that bikini-life jacket joke was the funniest thing you've ever heard, just like that passenger hyperventilating in the video!
Truth be told, Southwest was infamous for their "funny" flight attendants years ago, but we've flown with them countless times and have never had the in-flight crew perform improv. If you are a frequent flier, we could see how this bit could become tiresome, but for now, hey, she's having fun. Let her have fun.
You Hate It: This is an airplane, not The Laugh Factory. Stop trying to get on Ellen and do your job (for the record, the YouTube description says she "wants to meet Ellen & Jimmy Fallon!!").
Both are fair points. Remember: If you don't like it, you can put on your headphones and zone out (airplanes don't make you turn off your electronics for takeoff anymore! Welcome to the future!) or, if you're just watching the video, you can turn it off at any time. No one is making you suffer through the entire thing. This is a viral video, not a hostage situation.