This Virgin America flight attendant Mikey Tongko-Burry knows that passengers are more likely to pay attention to safety demonstrations when they have a little pizzazz, so he went all out and gave a hilarious performance of Virgin America’s popular, catchy safety instructions.
While Virgin America merged with Alaska Airlines back in January, the Virgin America safety video tradition lives on — at least one final time.
— 👨🏻💻☕️ (@hunterwalk) 28 juillet 2018
Tongko-Burry turned the aisle into a dance floor as he got passengers psyched about seatbelt safety. It’s not the first time Tongko-Burry’s dance moves during the safety demonstration get captured on video — he was already dancing his heart out in the cabin in 2014. He’s well-known for his performances and has even tried to teach Richard Branson how to pull them off:
@richardbranson @VirginAmerica as I work my last flights wearing the Virgin America Uniform (by this time next week I’ll be in the Alaska Blue), feeling nostalgic about the amazing moments VX has given me. 💖✈️ #Grateful #virginamerica pic.twitter.com/UrEjtgoRzr
— Mikey Tongko-Burry (@mikeytburry) 29 juillet 2018
Upon its debut, the video received millions of views on YouTube, and educated a whole lot of internet users about airplane safety in the process.
As expected, the video has generated a wide range of reactions from Twitter users, from outpourings of love for Tongko-Burry’s performance, to expressions of profound nostalgia at the song’s discontinuation.
I’ve had this guy on my flight before
he has perfected the routine. Tru hero
— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) 28 juillet 2018
I’m not ready to let go … especially not to this jam. It’s legit my favorite thing.
— Marissa Monticolo (@MMonticolo) 30 juillet 2018
Even Richard Branson loves Tongko-Burry’s sweet moves:
Love this dance, and the passion, wonderful service and sense of fun that teammates continue to bring to our airlines. Thanks @mikeytburry & all the brilliant @virginamerica team #VirginFamily https://t.co/1UgdA7wnvl
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) 31 juillet 2018
It’s unclear what will replace the popular safety video on Alaska Airlines flights, but whatever it is, it’ll have a tough act to follow.