Northwest: Refresh and Re-Energize in Coach

[Note to readers of this blog: I’ve been traveling for the last several days, and I haven’t had much chance to update content. However, I’ll be adding a post or two over the weekend, and by Monday I’ll be at full strength with a lengthy post on the ongoing reaction to the Pope’s China letter and recent events in Beijing.]

July 20, 2007

Dear Northwest Airlines:

You know that ‘Refresh and Re-energize’ video that you show at the beginning of international flights? The one with the four attractive flight attendants sitting next to each other in first-class seats, demonstrating exercises designed to improve comfort and health during long flights? Well, I was wondering: do you think that you could film a version that shows the four flight attendants in cramped coach seats? Because the version that you currently show doesn’t translate to coach at all. Case in point: on my recent Shanghai to Tokyo flight, the woman next to me decided to mimic the Refresh and Re-energize exercises and succeeded in smacking me in the head with her elbow – twice.

Thanks for considering-