If there is one thing a viral video can do, it is bring a smile to the face of millions, as well as leave the average individual hoping to one day get to experience something similar. Having that moment happen in the middle of a transatlantic flight? Even better.
For some lucky passengers onboard an Aer Lingus flight between the US and Ireland, they witnessed first hand a viral video in the making when a flight attendant and what appears to be a passenger performed an impressive Irish dance during a trad session. A trad session is an impromptu or informal gathering of musicians where the music flows freely, and is popular in pubs around Ireland.
With the less than ideal conditions of most flights these days, any break in the monotony of staring at the airplane graphic inch its way across the map is appreciated. Flight attendant Orla O’Brien must recognize that, as she took advantage of the music and created a memorable on-board experience for passengers. The video was posted to her Facebook page, and went viral shortly thereafter.
The scene brings back memories of the movie Titanic, where despite there being fancy first and second class levels, just like an airplane has first and business class, the real party was below deck in third class, where hoards of people crammed together in less than ideal conditions but made the best out of their situation by pulling out their instruments and clearing space for raucous party, complete with the Irish jig. On this plane, it appears that those seated in the much more preferred forward class might have missed out on the entertainment, seeing as the band is standing behind the dancing flight attendant, which would be forward in the plane.
And speaking of the band- one thing that keeps coming to mind but no one seems to be asking, is who is the band of Irish musicians, and how did they end up playing for the plane? Did they pull out their instruments and surprise their neighbors and the flight attendants, or were they in cahoots with the airline staff to bring a little life to the long journey? We may never know, but still tip our hats towards their efforts to elevate the often mediocre in-flight entertainment that planes offer.
Is it possible that this could be a growing trend, at least on Aer Lingus? Just a few short weeks ago the Irish band Kodaline surprised their plane by singing their hit song “High Hopes” mid-flight.
That’s enough to make us consider booking a flight just to see what might happen next!