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People Are Applauding This Flight Attendant For Perfecting The Dance To His Airline's Safety Video

"I really wanted to have the last weekend of having the video played to go out with a bang."

Posted on July 30, 2018, at 3:51 p.m. ET

Michael Tongko-Burry, who lives in Oakland, has been a flight attendant for Virgin America for seven years.

Michael Tongko-Burry

He's also a figure skater and a figure skating coach.

Michael Tongko-Burry

You might recognize him as the "dancing flight attendant." Over the weekend, a video of him dancing to Virgin America's safety video circulated, showing him engaging in one of his last dances to the adored instructional video.

Virgin America Safety Film being retired next week so our flight attendant danced it for us... 🕺🤭🤩#VXForever

"It's coming to an end because, with the transition to Alaska Airlines, anything with the Virgin America brand is disappearing," he said.

Alaska Air Group acquired Virgin America in December 2016.

In 2017, it was announced that Alaska was going to end the Virgin America brand.

"We’ve made the difficult decision to retire the Virgin America name and logo likely sometime in 2019," Alaska Airlines said in a statement at the time.

BuzzFeed described the airline safety's video, which stars Todrick Hall, in 2013 as "gloriously entertaining." Here's a side-by-side of the flight attendant performing with the airline's safety video, posted in 2014:

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"I used to do it on every flight, and then I got old and the bones started creaking a bit more and more," he told BuzzFeed News on Monday, when asked if dancing along to the video is a regular habit for him.

"I started doing the dance back in 2014 when the Virgin America safety video first came out," he said.

Tongko-Burry said that "throughout the years" footage of it has been posted.

@hunterwalk @semil I’ve had this guy on my flight before he has perfected the routine. Tru hero

I will miss @mikeytburry's 'safety dance.' Only he could make passengers laugh, clap AND feel safe and taken care of in his very special way. I was lucky to experience one of his onboard performances! 🕺🏾⚡️ https://t.co/GtN1bL6bMk

Alaska Airlines did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment, but did a representative did respond via Twitter, saying, "I love it!"

@hunterwalk I love it! Thank you for sharing. #MoreToLove -Julie

The end of the song is emotional for the flight attendant, who called it "such a sad time." That said, he wanted to make the most of what he said was the "last weekend of it."

"I really wanted to have the last weekend of having the video played to go out with a bang," he said.

His choreography stayed consistent over the years due to the constraints of the plane environment.

"It mostly stayed the same, only mainly because of the emergency equipment," he said.

He said that the best part of the performance is the joy it brings to the people around him. "My favorite part is definitely the smiles that it brings to a lot of the guests on board and from my crewmates," he said.

@nrmehta Thank you for sending us some Virgin America love. ❤️😫✈️ definitely been an emotional past few days.

When asked if he had anything to add, the flight attendant gave a shoutout to his colleagues "for their love and support over the years." He also shouted out his "supporters from the public."

"Just wanted to let them know that I love them all!" he said.

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