Here’s an airport stunt from Heineken that truly embodies the brand’s adventurous spirit. Twice this week, Wieden + Kennedy in New York set up a board at JFK’s Terminal 8 and dared travelers to play “Departure Roulette”—changing their destination to a more exotic location with the press of a button. They had to agree to drop their existing travel plans—without knowing the new destination first—and immediately board a flight to the new place.
On Tuesday, a man played the game and ended up going to Cyprus instead of Vienna. (He had been planning a six-week visit with his grandparents, but soon learned he would be headed to Cyprus on a 9:55 p.m. flight. Heineken gave him $2,000 to cover expenses and booked him into a hotel for two nights.) W+K set up the board again on Thursday, and brought cameras along to document the gameplay. The game is inspired by “Dropped,” the new Heineken campaign that launched a month ago from W+K Amsterdam in which four men are sent to remote destinations and film their adventures. We should have footage from Thursday’s event next week. For now, Heineken should set this up in the Moscow airport. There’s a guy there who would welcome any chance to fly to oblivion.
Why I’m Curious
It’s an interesting idea that you’d fly somewhere else, on the fly. It’s also interesting to think about how this was executed and knowing the challenges of airlines to do stunts and do them successfully, this seems so spontaneous to consumers, but we know these campaigns take a long time to build so I’m curious to know more about the backend of getting the client to say “yes” to this idea.