Sandra Oh is the quintessential Canadian in this instructional airline spot
Air Canada wants Americans to learn better travel habits from their neighbor to the north
Oct 08, 2019
Canadians have a reputation for irrepressible politeness, even when they should get angry. But that calm demeanor is an asset during air travel, when tempers flare and even the kindest Americans get prickly about personal space.
In an unsurprisingly friendly campaign from Air Canada, actress Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Killing Eve” demonstrates how anyone can travel like a Canadian. Oh, who was born in Ottawa, drops references to quintessentially Canadian fare like ketchup chips, bagged milk and profuse apologies. Gliding her way through a busy airport, she calms young children with a bucket of poutine conveniently carried in her purse.
She introduces a Japanese businessman to the Caesar (Canada’s version of a Bloody Mary), makes announcements in French and even prods a bolo tie-wearing American to apologize for making an honest mistake.
The 90-second spit from FCB Canada is directed by Adam Reid via Holiday Films. It is running on digital channels in the U.S., focusing in California and New York.