Flash mobs have taken the world by storm in recent years, with huge groups of people randomly breaking out in song and dance in schools, train stations, stadiums and city squares. But this holiday season it looks like flash mobs have found a new home – airports. There has been an outbreak of flash mobs in airports this year, sending off holiday passengers with a smile on their faces and welcoming them home in style.
To tell you the truth, I was a little bit surprised when I saw all of these airport flash mobs hitting YouTube this holiday season. After all, with the TSA cracking down on security as they are I would think that things like singing and dancing wouldn’t be allowed. But maybe this outburst of happy, singing, holiday positivity is just what passengers need to fight back against the TSA and have a holly, jolly Christmas-ebration!
The airport flash mobs follow on the heels of a flight attendant flash dance on a Cebu Pacific Airlines flight back in October that went viral and is now approaching 10 million views. Did the people behind these airport flash mobs see the potential in airline travel flash mobs with the Cebu Pacific video, are they all piggy-backing off each other, or is it entirely coincidental that so many airport flash mobs hit the online video streams this holiday season? Check out the videos below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
The T-Mobile Welcome Back
The T-Mobile Welcome Back video hit YouTube at the end of October. Singers in Heathrow Terminal 5 welcomed back passengers with the a cappella treatment. The video has been viewed over 5.9 million times and seems to have been the first in the series of airport flash mobs to hit the web this holiday season.
On the 24th of November, just before Thanksgiving, T-Mobile added another video to their Welcome Back series. This time, Chatroulette Improv piano guy Merton welcomed back passengers at the Gatwick airport.
Air Canada Flash Mob
Air Canada staged an awesome flash mob at Vancouver International airport, including a band, singers and dancers with Santa hats. The video hit YouTube just a week before Christmas this year.
Orlando International Airport Hallelujah Chorus Flash Mob
On the same day as the Air Canada Flash Mob hit YouTube, hundreds of unsuspecting passengers in Orlando International airport were treated to a surprise performance of the Hallelujah Chorus. Could this be an homage to the Hallelujah Chorus Food Court Flash Mob that hit YouTube back in November?
Southwest Airlines Flash Mob Chicago
Southwest Airlines staged their own flash mob with their employees at their ticket counter in Chicago Midway earlier this month. “OMG! No way!”
Yuma International Airport Flash Mob Christmas 2010
Passengers at the Yuma International airport in Arizona were also surprised with a flash mob of their own, while waiting for their flights. From the credits it looks like this flash mob was put on by the Yuma Ballet Theatre. Nice job, guys!
Were you surprised by any flash mobs during your holiday travels this year?