NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Next Media Animation, a popular Taiwanese animation group, has made headlines in recent months for mocking big news stories and pop culture events from around the world with animated shorts. Ranging from the Italian Prime Minister’s ongoing prostitution scandal to Conan O’Brien’s return to late night television, dozens of the group’s videos have gone viral.
Now, the animation team has turned its attention to America’s increasingly prevalent airline fees, producing an absurd video that satirizes the worst of airline experiences. In the short clip, passengers in coach desperately bid for in-flight amenities as though it were an auction, travelers cram mountains of stuff into a single piece of luggage to avoid the extra baggage fees and one woman gets stuck in a cramped seat between two oversized passengers, only to push a magical eject button to get rid of them both.
You know airline fees have become out of hand when what should be a boring subject suddenly is deemed worthy of a scornful video from an animation group halfway across the world. But the really disheartening thing about this video is that most of it doesn’t actually seem too extreme. Sure, we don’t actually bid for peanuts yet, but we might as well at this point.
This isn’t the first time that the animation group has mocked our airlines either. It has also poked fun at Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who became a folk hero after raging at passengers and fleeing the plane, as well as the new pat-down procedures implemented by the Transportation Security Administration.