It’s not generally common for your former place of work to celebrate your birthday with a dance number, decades after you stopped working there. But London’s Heathrow Airport is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the late Freddie Mercury’s 75th birthday, and is doing so with a choreographed dance routine. Choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor choreographer Lyndon Lloyd, the routine is filled with Mercury-esque dance moves and will be performed by baggage handlers at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Mercury himself worked as a baggage handler at the airport during the time he spent living in Feltham, nearly 50 years ago.
In probably the last thing passengers expected while passing through the airport, baggage handlers spontaneously bursted out in dance next to a bag collection point. Other celebratory measures include Queen songs on arrivals boards, and Queen memorabilia to be put on display next month. For some lucky passengers, the most exciting part may be that any flyer bearing the name Freddie, and departing from Terminal 5, will be given access to the British Airways first class lounge. These homages aren’t simply a nod to a former employee, but also to promote the upcoming movie Bohemian Rhapsody, a biographical film chronicling Mercury’s rise to fame, set for release on October 24th.
Virinder Bansal, baggage service manager at Heathrow, told Daily Mail, “Freddie Mercury was a truly British icon and I am delighted to Break Free and celebrate his iconic life with my colleagues…we hope passengers at Terminal 5 enjoy our surprising and unique welcome to the UK.”