Love them or hate them, inflight safety videos are a key part of an airline’s brand for major international carriers. For me, it sets the scene for a long-awaited holiday – “We’re here; it begins now!” Perhaps it’s far less interesting if you travel more frequently for business.

We take a break from points today and explore what type of inflight safety videos that the world’s major airlines are doing, from Qantas’ poignant anniversary piece to something more upbeat from the young and hip crowd.

Taking us on a journey around the world

1. Qantas Safety Video [2024 and 2017]

Inflight safety videos that show off destinations around the world are amongst some of my favourite picks. Qantas sticks to this style in the 2017 and its new 2024 video.

(This is the ‘director’s cut’ YouTube version. We’re told the inflight version will be more concise).

Showcasing a proud heritage

The ‘legacy carriers’ have a rich and varied history. Naturally, it’s the perfect backdrop for a themed safety video.

2. Singapore Airlines Safety Video [2017]

Before the pandemic, Singapore Airlines’ wings spread around the globe. The carrier’s 2017 safety video invokes a sense of calm wherever you may be flying to or from. It features the ‘Singapore Girl’ taking us through a variety of destinations across the city-state.

3. British Airways ‘The Original Safety Briefing’ [2023]

Filled with subtle British humour, British Airways’ latest instalment mixes some familiar faces with the quirks of living in the UK.

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Keeping it light and themed

Safety videos can be dreary, so many airlines are injecting a spark of creativity into the mix. Air New Zealand is the undisputed queen of inventive safety videos, but plenty of other airlines have thrown their hat into the ring too.

3. Air New Zealand Safety Video [2020]

Air NZ has a global reputation for producing some of the best inflight safety videos with a Kiwi twist. The latest from 2020 is a search for the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ in New Zealand. But other classics include ‘Air All Blacks’ (2019), the Hobbit-inspired ‘An Unexpected Briefing’ (2012), ‘Safety in Hollywood’ (2016), ‘Safety Old School Style’ (2013). and of course, ‘The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’ (2014).

4. Virgin America Safety Video [2013]

Although Virgin American isn’t around anymore, its safety dance video in 2013 created waves on the internet. With its catchy tunes and suave moves, this video is one you’ll either firmly love or detest.

5. Virgin Australia Safety Video [2016]

It’s a pity that Virgin Australia no longer flies its Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 jets, which came with inflight entertainment screens and a Supercars-themed video filmed at the Mount Panorama racetrack.

Short and snappy: the basics

Safety videos can be interesting without being ostentatious. Here are some examples which aren’t too extravagant but cover the basics with some room for creativity.

7. Emirates ‘No-Nonsense’ Safety Video [2024]

In 2024, Emirates decided to pare back its safety video into a concise 3:52 min clip. ‘Understated’ best describes the video, which also subtly features shots of its updated cabin products on the Airbus A380.

6. Air France Safety Video [2021]

Air France shows off its chic youthful look while sticking to a basic script (though the video is bilingual, which adds some extra unavoidable running time).

7. Delta 1980s-themed Safety Video [2019]

Delta highlights how safety can be both simple and informative by filling the briefing with all sorts of fun and wacky references to the 1980’s. Mullets, anyone? It also features a cameo of a younger version of the iconic finger-wagging ‘Deltalina’, who rose to fame in February 2018 with her blunt and humorous ‘to the point’ safety video.

8. American Airlines Safety Video [2016]

Sleek and smooth, American Airlines’ safety video from 2016 employs a clever use of lighting and mirrors to produce this understated, calming video briefing.

Bonus: a blast from the past

10. Ansett Australia Safety Demonstration [1990s]

Some of our younger points hackers and frequent flyers might not have had the chance to fly with Ansett Australia, Qantas’ major competitor in the domestic and international space in the 1990s (myself included). Here’s a glimpse into an Ansett safety video reflecting the no-nonsense attitudes of the past.

Do you have a favourite safety video we haven’t covered? Let us know in the comments below!

The different styles of inflight safety videos was last modified: July 17th, 2024 by Brandon Loo