It started off with members of the emergency services the world over competing to show off the varied equipment they carried in their vehicles – but a European low-cost airline may well have just snatched victory in the global competition that’s been dubbed the Tetris Challenge.
The craze was apparently started by the Zurich police department who posted a bird’s-eye view of all the emergency equipment from a traffic patrol car neatly laid out on the ground, complete with two police officers. Soon, other first responders from ambulance services to fire departments started getting involved.
We’ve already seen some pretty epic Tetris Challenge entries, including from as far away as New Zealand and Taiwan. But Dutch carrier Transavia is believed to be the first airline to have got involved in the challenge – and in doing so, has taken it to a whole new level.
Yes, they really did neatly lay out the insides of a Boeing 737-800 cabin on the floor of a giant aircraft hangar to take part. Here’s the video to prove it…
So how did they do it? Transavia told us it took them five hours to complete the challenge and they filmed the whole thing on Monday night – a spokesperson explained that they had to do it at night in accordance with strict safety rules.
Six crew members even came straight from working a flight to take their positions on the floor, ready to be snapped by a drone that was flying above (the only way they could get high enough to snap everything in a single frame).
Admittedly, the team didn’t strip the seats off the plane – instead, they came from the warehouse but nonetheless, this must have been a mammoth effort. So what’s included in the photo? Here are the contents (from left to right):
- 50 three-seater seats
- Life jackets
- Menu cards
- Life jackets and demo packages
- 1 Pilot
- 1 Co-pilot
- 4 Cabin Attendants
- Safety cards
- Drawers with Food and Drink assortment
- Safety vests
- Safety Equipment
- Onboard magazine Enjoy
- Suitcases and bags
- Waste bags
Well done Transavia! Now, is it too much to ask Emirates to empty out the contents of an Airbus A380 for its entry?
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.