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News article for the week of 7/26/05.
Ranks With Airline Food
By, Grey Entertainment
In an effort to put more people on planes the airline industry has recently
taken several interesting steps that promised to be interesting, if nothing
The latest technology, aimed at improving seating and entertainment features
on the larger passenger planes, have so far meet with a certain degree
of success, making frequent flyers more relaxed and amenable to air travel.
Computer games, earphones and a host of video channels have made the experience
far more enjoyable, though the lack of development in the food department
is somewhat distressing.
For the moment, these moves have made air travel more enjoyable, though
the general public has felt that it is still somewhat inaccessible or
With this in mind the airlines have decided, supposedly independently
but the actions come too close together to be truly independent, to have
live shows onboard their long haul aircraft.
While it is often joked that stewardess’ and stewards on board airplanes
are nothing more than actors without a stage, giving them the airplane
as a stage could prove to be a vital mistake.
One recent flight from London to Melbourne included a rendition of “Cats”,
modified for a smaller cast and smaller stage. While the miniaturized
backdrops have been applauded, the casting of most of the flight crew
has been criticized. Partly because the flight crew’s roles were in the
latter section of the musical, to the point where landing became a tricky
proposition, though the sudden improvisation of the copilot stepped on
a number of feet and did not make the experience any more enjoyable.
Regardless of this reports have gone out stating that the airlines will
continue with this initiative. Already deals have been made with Andrew
Lloyd Webber to have adapted versions of his many musicals performed on
Unfortunately this has lead to something new, something which may disturb
everyone with a taste in theater, in other words about three or four people
in every city of the world, is that playwrights desperate for their own
breaks are making musicals specifically for airlines.
At the moment only the major airlines are interested, having the resources
to purchase these cheap plays, however this could lead to other interesting
developments, as the standard aircrew cannot provide enough warm bodies
to fill all the necessary roles.
Even with audience participation it is expected that airlines will soon
begin hiring actors to perform on airplanes. While this would undoubtedly
upset a number of cabin crew, possibly resulting in legal action, the
siphoning off of what acting talent remains could see a rise in desperate,
five minute fame shows that are only now beginning to die off.
With considerations like these let’s hope that the airlines get some great
computer games in.