Heathrow Airport and British Airways staff showed their fun side yesterday when they dressed up as Freddie Mercury and danced to Queen hit ‘I Want To Break Free’ to the astonishment and amusement of passengers.
The light-hearted spectacle was a homage to Mercury who was once a baggage handler at the airport nearly 50 years ago before he found fame as Queen lead singer.
Yesterday, 5 September, marked Mercury’s birthday. He would have been 72 years old were he still alive.
A comical video shows Heathrow’s baggage handlers wearing fluorescent yellow jackets and white trousers as well as sporting thick black moustaches in Mercury’s honour.
They shimmy next to suitcases at baggage reclaim and cavort with canes at arrivals as delighted Heathrow passengers watch and film the show.
The baggage handlers teamed up with Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor choreographer Lyndon Lloyd for the choreographed dance which took weeks of rehearsals.
It was a good day for anyone who shared a name with the singer, too, as travel perks were aplenty.
Any customer called Freddie, Frederick or the legend’s real name, Farrokh, departing from Terminal 5 was invited, along with their travelling companions, to use British Airways’ First lounge, accessed through the exclusive First Wing.
Passengers were told to look out for Queen songs on Arrivals boards yesterday, and next month Queen memorabilia will go on display in the departures area.
The celebrations, which will help raise awareness for Queen’s charity The Mercury Phoenix Trust, are in anticipation of the cinema release of Bohemian Rhapsody a foot-stomping tribute to Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer.
The film traces Mercury’s meteoric rise from his unlikely beginnings and features scenes at Heathrow, where he worked whilst living in Feltham, before going from bags to riches and becoming one of the most iconic rock stars of all time.
Adam Dewey, one of British Airways’ baggage managers, who stars in the video, said “Freddie Mercury is an undisputed rock legend and it has been an absolute blast planning his birthday celebrations at Heathrow, where he once worked.
“Myself and the other baggage handlers taking part have put everything into these dance routines and we can’t wait to see the faces on holidaymakers when they strut their stuff in the arrivals hall!
“The new film Bohemian Rhapsody has proved a great inspiration for all of us and we can’t wait to be hot-stepping our way to the premiere next month!”
Virinder Bansal, a Baggage Service Manager at Heathrow, who also stars in the video said: “Freddie Mercury was a truly British icon and I am delighted to ‘Break Free’ and celebrate his iconic life with my colleagues.
“We hope passengers at Terminal 5 enjoy our surprising and unique welcome to the UK, before we return to work. After all, The Show Must Go On”.
This week Heathrow Airport was revealed to be the best airport in the world.
The London hub won the crown in the annual Conde Nast Traveller Awards 2018.
It beat Changi Airport, Singapore – one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia – which came in second place.
British Airways was unveiled as the runner-up in Conde Nast’s Long-haul Airline category.