This is how they should all do the safety briefing. Amazing cabin crew on our Chicago to Phoenix flight. #americanairlines #safetyannouncement #lipsync
A gay flight attendant based in Chicago but living in Los Angeles is getting attention online for his behavior aboard an American Airlines aircraft. His enthusiastic safety demonstration before takeoff left passengers entertained and well-informed.
As he prepared a flight from Chicago to Phoenix for departure recently, 31-year-old Stafan Peters went about his usual routine, which included a pre-flight safety demonstration.
However, unlike the dull video presentations commonplace on flights these days that explain what to do in case of an emergency, Peters’ demonstration was an event.
A passenger captured it on video and posted it on TikTok, writing, “This is how they should all do the safety briefing. Amazing cabin crew on our Chicago to Phoenix flight.”
A recorded voice can be heard narrating the typical pre-flight safety briefing, but in the video, Peters is seen lip-syncing to the woman’s voice.
“This airplane has two exit doors in the front, four window exits over the wings, and two exit doors in the back. Take a moment to locate the nearest one and keep in mind, it may be behind you,” the voice says, and Peters gestures behind himself as if startled.
“If needed, exit path lighting in the aisle will illuminate near the floor to guide you to an exit indicated by signs and lights,” the voice says as Peters mouths the words and gestures in a big way on the word illuminate as if it were magic.
At this point, the passenger in front of the person filming picked up the safety card in the seatback pocket and began reviewing it.
As the demonstration proceeds, Peters, seemingly never missing a beat, continues to mouth the instructions of the recorded voice accurately, gesturing and demonstrating how to put on an oxygen mask or a life vest.
Peters then struts down the aisle toward the person filming.
“If you have any questions, please refer to your safety card or ask any of the crew members as they do their final cabin check,” the voice says as Peters, standing next to the person filming, gestures emphatically.
“And as always, let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your time with us more enjoyable,” the voice says as the briefing concludes.
Peters told The Advocate that he loves his job and takes his responsibilities seriously.
“A lot of times with people who fly a lot, they tend to zone out during the safety demonstration,” Peters said. “One of the most important parts of my job is giving safety demonstrations because, first and foremost, flight attendants are there for safety.”
He said, “So, I started doing it as a way to engage people to pay attention.”
He said that part of the fun is watching the passengers to see who’s paying attention.
“So, the fact that in that video, a guy pulls out the safety card, I love that because that means I’m doing my job of informing you of the safety features, and in the unlikely event that’s something where to happen that you’ll be prepared,” he said adding, “You’ll remember it.”
Peters said it was “wild” to him that the video was getting much attention.
Peters said there have been detractors online, with some flight attendants commenting and saying that what he does is unprofessional.
“I look at it as I personally feel I’m not taking away from anything I’m not taking away from the demo,” he said. “I’m simply adding a little bit to it in a way that captures people’s attention and kind of forces them to pay attention to me.”
Peters explained, “Ultimately, the goal is to make people pay attention because, again, if something were to happen, my job as a flight is to be able to get passengers safely off a plane in 90 seconds or less, and I take that very seriously.”
With his lip-syncing skills and embracing his inner drag queen, Peters, an admitted RuPaul’s Drag Race superfan, said he had explored the idea.
“I don’t have a drag persona because the excuse I’m giving myself right now is that I don’t have her name yet,” he said. “Once I know what her name is, then she can be fully formed and like come to creation. But it’s definitely something that has always been there and that I think I do want to pursue doing sometime soon.”
He added, “I want to pursue drag because I would enjoy it since I love entertaining people. I love to make people smile. I feel that drag is something that could help me achieve that.”