Delta’s New In-Flight Safety Film Is One of the Most ’80s-tastic Videos Ever Made

Slathered with cheese

Dudes, strap yourselves in and get ready for the most righteously rad 1980s-style flight safety video ever.

Delta graces Gen X nostalgiasts with this five-and-a-half-minute opus from Wieden + Kennedy in New York, packed with sweet memories celebrating the finest of the decade. Spoiler alerts ahead: It's got Alf, Atari and the Rubik's Cube. It's got the Energy Dome (better known as that ridiculous hat the guys from Devo wore). It's got tons of glam hair, and pastels and spandex. It's even got a poor sucker trying to wind a cassette tape back into the cartridge—and for you Airplane! fanatics, a nice little easter egg.

Overall, it doesn't quite have the insane '90s-esque vim of Virgin's song-and-dance flight-safety number, but it is a nice addition to Delta's growing collection of offbeat videos—and at least everyone isn't dressed like a Lord of the Rings extra.

Credits below.


Client: Delta

Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, New York

Executive Creative Directors: Scott Vitrone, Ian Reichenthal

Creative Directors: Sean McLaughlin, John Parker

Copywriter: Greg Rutter

Art Director: Alan Buchanan 

Head of Content Production: Lora Schulson

Producer: Cheryl Warbrook

Account Team: Nathan Stewart, Dipal Shah, Jasmina Almeda

Director of Business Affairs: Sara Jagielski, Quentin Perry

Production Company: Arts & Sciences

Directors: Matt Aselton, Azazel Jacobs

Executive Producer: Marc Marrie

Managing Director: Mal Ward

Line Producers: Zoe Odlum, Dina Oberly

Director of Photography: Corey Walter

Editorial Company: Mackenzie Cutler

Editor: Ian Mackenzie

Post Producer: Evan Meeker

Editorial Assistant: Nick Divers

Visual Effects Company: MPC

Lead Flame, Compositor: Marcus Wood

Producer: Philip Whalley

Telecine Company: Company 3

Colorist: Tim Masick

Mix Company: Mackenzie Cutler

Sound Designer: Sam Shaffer

Song: Black Iris

Artist: Chill Pill 80s

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