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The Rapping Flight Attendant and More Fun with Airlines

Updated on August 24, 2017

David Holmes: The Rapping Flight Attendant

I first saw a news report on David Holmes on CW-WHAM TV here in Rochester, New York. I was thrilled that a very serious business of airline travel allowed a flight attendant to think outside the box to convey a very informative, important, and often maligned, pre-flight safety announcement in a highly effective and original way.

David Holmes, 40, has and been employed as a flight attendant at Southwest Airlines since 2005. Tired of reciting the usual boring safety announcement, he decided to spice it up. The result got me to start thinking...

As usual an original take-off of the monotonous gets my funny-bone to start aching for more, so I had to find other alternatives to the commonplace airline practices.

I hope you enjoy this twisted tribute to the airline industry that my mind can't help but wander into...

Having Fun at Work


An American flight attendant has developed a novel way of ensuring passengers pay attention during the pre-flight safety announcement - he delivers it as a rap.

Forty-year-old David Holmes, a flight attendant for US airline Southwest, has become an internet celebrity since passengers began posting videos of his cabin announcements three months ago.

"Before we leave/ our advice is/ put away electronic devices/ fasten your seatbelt/ then put your trays up/ press the button and make the seat-back raise up," Holmes raps, encouraging the passengers to stomp and clap to give him an accompanying beat.

Holmes, a former personal trainer, has been working for Southwest since 2005 and said he initially did the rap because he was in a good mood and wanted to have some fun at work.

Afterwards, he told CNN, some passengers said his delivery made them listen to pre-flight announcements for the first time.

Despite his apparent rapping skills, Holmes is no freestyler - in an interview with the Wall Street Journal he said his lyrics are carefully written out in advance, often while enduring long waits in airport terminals.

While Holmes doesn't always do the rap (it depends on the vibe he gets from the passengers) he normally does it whenever flying back into his home town of Las Vegas.

Southwest Airlines Superstar Flight Attendant Performing Live on Leno!

Tue, 04/28/2009 - 08:49 - Lindsey Reynolds

You've seen him on YouTube, you've twittered about him all month, you've shared his video with all your friends-heck, even Oprah talked about him on her "Live Friday" show last week! Now's your chance to catch David Holmes, Southwest's own "Rapping Flight Attendant", perform on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 28th at 10:35 CST. Our own Christi Day will be tweeting live from the performance, so be sure to follow @SouthwestAir throughout the day for constant updates. David, we wish you the best of luck, and lots of LUV!

Safety Demonstraction Requirements by the International Civil Aviation Organization

International Civil Aviation Organization

Important, but as dry and boring as can be...

A safety demonstration typically covers all these aspects, not necessarily in this order:

* a reminder to review the aircraft safety card

* the use of the seat belt

* the requirement that passengers must comply with lighted signs, posted placards, and crew members instructions (Generally only included in safety demonstrations on US and New Zealand carriers as the FAA (US) and CAA (NZ) require it to be stated)

* the location and use of the emergency exits, evacuation slides and emergency floor lighting

* the use of the oxygen mask

* the location and use of the life vests, life rafts and flotation devices (not typically included if the flight does not overfly or fly near vast masses of water)

* the brace position (not typically included on U.S. nor EU flights)

* the use of passenger seat cushions as flotation devices (typically only included on aircraft that do not provide life vests)

* generally, a reminder not to smoke on board, including the toilets

* reminder not to tamper with or disable lavatory smoke detectors

* the precautions to take before take-off and landing:

o to stow luggage under a seat or in an overhead compartment

o to return folding trays and seat backs to the upright position

o to turn off most electronic devices (laptops, mobile phones, etc.)

Credit: Wikipedia

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      spunkyduckling 8 years ago

      This lens was fun. Cool topic. Enjoyed the videos. Thanks.

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to kiwisoutback] Yes, I enjoy it every time I see it. :D Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice work! I remember hearing about this guy on the news.

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to Treasures-By-Brenda] Thank so much! I am deeply honored by your blessing. :D

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to sandyspider] Thanks so much. Have a safe flight. I hope your flight attendants are wearing proper uniforms, and in a good mood, too. :D

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to GrowWear] Thanks so much. Mondays need a laugh, don't they. :D

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Well done & blessed.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This is funny! I plan on being up in the air tomorrow. I hope I won't need to where a hospital gown to go through the check point.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Nice laughs for a Monday morning. :)

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to JustBon-Crochet-Designs] I'm so glad you enjoyed. Thanks so much for the honor of your blessing. :D

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Fun lens!

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I remember seeing this video some time ago and it was great to be reminded of it again. Enjoyed the other videos and cartoons too! Squid Angel Blessed.

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to j_barnhart4] Thanks so much for your visit and blessing! I can't wait to see how the competitive airlines will top this... :D

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      jbarnhart41 8 years ago

      I love that video. I haven't flown in years but I would only hope to be on a flight that has such a fun staff. Very creative lens...Blessed :)

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to KimGiancaterino] Hhhm, I wonder if bookings increase on his flights? :D Thanks so much for your blessing!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I almost always fly Southwest, and will have to be on the lookout for David. Squid Angel Blessed.

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to aj2008] Thanks so much! I thought it was funny that you had visited and blessed even before it was out of WIP on my profile dashboard! :D

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      That rapping flight attendant is brilliant - but over here one of our domestic airlines Ryan Air would probably charge for that performance - ha ha.SquidAngel Blessings for you!