Alexandra Kay Releases Cinematic Music Video For ‘I Hate Airplanes’

The country singer drew from personal experiences to bring the song and music video to life.


Melinda Lorge

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July 7, 2023

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Alexandra Kay is bringing a personal story to life with the brand new music video for her current single, “I Hate Airplanes.”

Directed by Jordan Phoenix and shot in her home state of Missouri, this clip finds Kay in the midst of a long-distance relationship and longing to spend more time with the one she loves. She finds herself experiencing the heartbreak that comes with having to say goodbye over and over to that special someone, who is always getting ready to leave and packing up his bags to head to the airport.

By the chorus, Alexandra Kay is throwing all her heart and soul into the performance, sharing the torment of long-distance love while appearing in front of a real-life airplane that’s on the ground surrounded by billows of smoke.

When there’s a 737 on the runway / Just begging to break my heart / And every ticket feels like a one way / To ten million miles apart / Oh, those wheels up in the air / They don’t even care / About the tears rollin’ down my face / They’re always takin’ off / Always takin’ you away / I hate airplanes,” Kay belts out the highly relatable lyrics of the chorus as scenes flash back and forth between her with her significant other and her alone in a field amid an airplane.

Alexandra Kay opened up about filming the video with her team near her hometown, telling Country Now that, “I was planning on going back home to visit my parents, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! This is perfect.’ My photographer lives in the St. Louis area, so it’s like a hometown affair when it comes to my team. Jordan, he was like, ‘I would love to shoot the video.’ So, we came to St. Louis, and he told me about this paintball facility out in Bridgeton, Missouri. He said, ‘We’re going to go out there. They have an airplane out there. We’re just going to do all the movie magic and make it look like we blew it up.’ I was like, ‘Yes! Let’s do it!’ So that was really cool!”

“My parents came out, and my best friend came out. Everybody I love was on set that day, and it was wonderful,” Alexandra Kay added. “I’m so excited for everyone to see it. Jordan is an incredible director. His vision was amazing, and it truly did come to life.”


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Kay dropped “I Hate Airplanes” on May 24. As with its accompanying video, the song lyrics reflect the experience she went through while faced with the struggles of a long distant relationship.

Of the song, which she wrote with Jason Duke and Jason Massey, Kay says, “This is a really special song for me because I really dug back into my past for this one. I spend a lot of time on airplanes and I really wanted to include the Boeing 737 in a song. During my writing session, I talked about how I used to date this guy in the air force when I was a senior in high school. Our entire relationship was long-distance. In the first week of us dating, he was like, ‘I’m leaving for basic training.’ I was like, ‘Okay.’”

“We ended up writing letters to each other during basic training, and then we stayed together for two years. He was stationed in New Mexico. So our entire relationship was based around me getting on an airplane to go see him and then having to get back on the airplane and not seeing him until maybe next month or two months,” she continued. “Ever since then, every time I walk into an airport, I have that same sinking feeling because it was such an emotional place for me for so long. It’s where I would say hello. It’s where I would say goodbye to the person that I loved. So I wanted to make sure in that song, I describe that feeling enough for everyone to feel it, and I think we accomplished that.”

Alexandra Kay; Photo by Curt Simshauser
Alexandra Kay; Photo by Curt Simshauser

“I Hate Airplanes,” which has since taken on a life of its own, having been used numerous times by the military spouse community on TikTok, is the first offering from Kay’s upcoming debut album, Backroad Therapy, due out later this year.

Alexandra Kay is currently preparing to bring her music on the road for her upcoming headlining Dive Bar Dreamer Tour. This trek kicks off July 19 in Wichita, KA and features stops in cities such as Milwaukee, WI, Grand Rapids, MI, Huntsville, AL and more before wrapping up in Athens, GA on August 8.

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Melinda Lorge

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Melinda Lorge

Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Country Now, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.