John Travolta Under Fire for ‘Cheesy’ Quantas Airline Video

Lindsay Powers, The Hollywood Reporter
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John Travolta John Sciulli/Wireimage.com

John Travolta is angering employees at Australia's Qantas Airlines, where he works as a Goodwill Ambassador.

The actor appears in a three-minute safety video that airs before every flight take off, and employees have taken to online forums to call it "cringe worthy," "corny" and "tacky," according to the Australia Daily Telegraph.

Flight attendants take issue with being called "the team" instead of cabin crew members.

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"We feel it's demeaning to be called 'the team,' one told the Telegraph. "It makes us feel like we work at McDonald's."

Another staffer thinks Travolta downplays the importance of airplane safety.

"The whole thing seems to make the safety message seem trite," he said.

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Employees have been calling for Richard Captain de Crespigny, who is credited with saving 466 lives on the failed QF32 flight from Singapore, to re-record the message.

"Who better than the genuine aviation professionals who saved QF32?," said one Qantas staff member to the Telegraph.

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But a company spokesperson insists she has only heard positive feedback from customers and staff.

"We're really happy with the video and we think it's really engaging," she said.

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