Freddie for Take-Off! British Airways Baggage Handlers Pay Tribute to Freddie Mercury
By Leigh Debbage on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
He handled the heights of rock stardom as lead singer of Queen, but few are aware of Freddie Mercury’s days handling baggage at Heathrow Airport.
Now, to celebrate the rock legend’s birthday on September 5th and the upcoming release of Twentieth Century Fox and Regency Enterprises film BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, Heathrow and British Airways ‘escaped from reality’ to pay tribute to Freddie in a spectacular publicity stunt.
Heathrow Terminal 5 arrivals came alive in celebration of the Queen frontman, as baggage handlers perform Mercury-inspired dance moves, choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor choreographer Lyndon Lloyd.
Following weeks of rehearsals, the baggage handlers broke free from their routine and astonished passengers with moves inspired by the charismatic rock star, who worked at the airport nearly 50 years ago, shortly before joining Queen and packing arenas around the world.
Travellers also spotted Queen songs on Arrivals boards, whilst Queen memorabilia will go on display in the Departures are. Meanwhile any customer who is called Freddie, Frederick or the legend’s real name, Farrokh, departing from Terminal 5 was invited along with their traveling companions to use British Airways’ First lounge, accessed through the exclusive First Wing.
The celebrations, which will help raise awareness for Mercury’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 story has so far run in print in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Star, Good Morning Britain, ITV News, BBC News, Radio 2 Chris Evans, London Live and Mail Online.