THE RYDGES POST
Thumbs up Air New Zealand for again raising the bar with in-flight safety videos.
Traditionally, the hardest job for an in-flight crew is to get passengers to watch the in-flight safety video/instructions but Air NZ consistently produces riveting, funny, concise videos that have the cheeky Kiwi personality as well as factual information.
In 2012 they did the Lord of the Rings parody with the crew and passengers based firmly in Middle Earth. In 2013 they enlisted the comedy talents of Betty White and Gavin McLeod for ‘old school’ instructions, set in a hip nursing home. This year’s video comes with a bit of controversy for ‘sexualising’ women. Well, you can see that a bit because it features swimsuit models in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated.
After I found it immensely watchable I did wonder if they had only targeted heterosexual men so I ran it past the other half and she also couldn’t put it down. It is set on stunning Aitutaki in the Cook Islands so the backdrop is glorious, the girls are good natured, the local kid is charming, there’s a bit of buff male eye-candy for ‘balance’ and there’s a nice flow of humour.
Here’s the video…