On an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to New York JFK Saturday, passengers pulled out their violins and played for the cabin as St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaches.
The music is excellent, but this isn’t what everyone had signed up for. There’s no “no music” section of the aircraft. It’s been described as ‘Aches On A Plane’ and we’re all just waiting for Samuel L. Jackson.
We’re lucky that no one decided “that’s what emergency evacuation slides are for” since it looks like this may have been happening as the aircraft was getting ready to deplane. If true, at least escape was near. On the other hand, most passengers probably already put away their noise cancelling headphones.
Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to JFK yesterday. I mean, I understand it's done from a good place, but also feel like you don't play music (or much worse, sing) in an enclosed space there's no escape from pic.twitter.com/UlqmHAqj03
— Adam Singer (@AdamSinger) March 12, 2023
I might have coaxed some Brits on the flight into a competing round of ‘God Save The King’ and then whatever happens, happens.
We’ve seen involuntary musical flash mobs on aircraft far more recently. For instance, here’s a violinist performing on Southwest Airlines earlier this month. Though I suppose if that’s the only gig you can get, you take it.
Imagine getting serenaded at 30,000 feet by a professional violinist 😍 pic.twitter.com/RlszyWTzXJ
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) March 2, 2023
Meanwhile, last fall Southwest Airlines took money from another company to subject passengers to
a cruel torture experiment an advertisement for their musical instruments.
We teamed up with @guitarcenter to surprise a flight full of Customers flying out of Long Beach with a ukulele and a lesson. By the time they arrived in Honolulu they were pros. pic.twitter.com/XsEx10sRJK
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) September 20, 2022
It seems to me that when then-Senator Ted Kennedy successful secured passage of the Airline Deregulation Act, which created a dedicated regulator for the industry in order to ensure safe and efficient air travel, stopping this was precisely what the drafters had in mind.
Again, the music is lovely, but when you’re inside a metal tube and it wasn’t advertised with your ticket, it’s precisely what I imagine CIA rendition to be like.