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Southwest Airlines has added live concerts to its in-flight entertainment.
Called “Live at 35”, the gimmick entails watching a concert at 35,000 feet in the air. Although the airline company has held concerts during flights since 2011, it has decided to hold regular concerts after signing an official partnership with record label Warner Music Nashville. Some of the featured musicians include Devin Dawson, Andy Grammer, Black Cadillac, and Better Than Ezra.
Southwest has yet to reveal its band lineup and the specific flights that will hold performances, but it hinted at the possibility of holding the concert on 20 flights a year.
Nevertheless, “Live at 35” received backlash on social media. One user commented that he finds the gimmick atrocious, while another asked if it is possible to escape the in-flight concert. Despite these criticisms, the company will continue to hold concerts during flights.
Coming up with unusual in-flight entertainment is not exclusive to Southwest Airlines. As part of its 80th anniversary, Icelandair held a one-off theatrical performance on a flight from London to New York via Iceland. With its aim to be an immersive experience, the play transported the passengers to 1937 during the airline’s early days and showed highlights and changes throughout the decades. The cast consisted of professional actors and airline staff who were professionally trained. Because of the mood set by the play, one passenger shared that he was able to overcome the nervousness he usually feels when flying.