Ah, Hollywood magic. (Or Atlanta magic, in this case.)
Delta released a spiffy, impressive new video this afternoon showing off the airline’s defenses against coronavirus to keep all of us safe while we travel.
Workers fog planes; gate agents dutifully wipe down monitors; flight attendants carefully examine a cabin before presumably boarding their passengers with the power to stop a flight if not up to the rigorous standards they require.
One segment of the video features Sky Club agents performing a thorough cleaning that would make most crime scene cleanup crews blush.
But in the grand tradition of media production, it seems there were a few “enhancements” brought in.
A reader wishing to remain anonymous (we call him “Bob” around here) witnessed the production. Bob sent us an image and said:
[I was at the] Terminal B in Atlanta yesterday, 3/12/20. This film crew showed up and passed out hand sanitizer, wipes and rubber gloves, none of which were present before they showed up and did a PR bite to show much is being done?
Ouch, Bob. If you care to watch the video, you can see the Sky Club portion at about 1:31 in the below video (and if you want to see the opening day review of the B ATL Sky Club, René reviewed it here).
To be fair, I’ve seen the hand sanitizing stations at Sky Clubs, so those aren’t necessarily new.
I worked full time in the entertainment industry for over 15 years (and still do some work here and there). I’ve been on countless film, television, commercial, and photo shoots. I understand props are essential to most productions.
But if Delta had been so committed to cleanliness, why did they wait to give these Sky Club reps an arsenal of gloves, chemicals and more until a film crew showed up? Shouldn’t they have already had plenty in stock? I assume while they were filming, other reps were stocking the rest of the ATL clubs. Right?
(Have you noticed more Sky Club reps wearing gloves and wiping everything down during your visits this week? Tell us in the Comments section.)
Other things we found interesting:
- All the flight attendants in the video were wearing the controversial “passport plum” uniforms that sparked a lawsuit. So many flight attendants are now wearing black and white uniforms.
- No specifics about which exact cleaning products are being used — here’s why this matters or should matter to you and me from a Delta Diamond in the know.
Look, it’s great if Delta really is being as hygiene-conscious as they claim. But why didn’t some of this start sooner? Remember the great dog poo incident of 2018? (And that’s after the Strive-for-5 Cleaning initiative!)
Regardless, let’s hope Delta — and everyone else — continues their newfound dedication to stay as germ-free as possible. Travel safe, everyone!
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