Air New Zealand criticized for superficial safety video

Published on : Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Air New ZealandThe aviation monitor of New Zealand has rebuked Air New Zealand for their infamous star-studded pre-flight safety videos.



Air New Zealand has featured celebrities like Betty White, Richard Simmons and Bear Grylls in their elaborate videos that tell the air passengers how to deal with an aviation emergency.



It has been found on 31st August that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has rebuked the Air New Zealand authorities for featuring “extraneous material” in one of their videos. In the past, CAA has also communicated similar concerns regarding some of the old safety videos of the airlines.



According to the authorities, the controversial ‘Surfing Safari’ video clip of the airline diverges materially from the ‘safety message’ at times. It has also been told that the extraneous material of the video de-tracks from the safety message, which should be the main content of the video.



The Surfing Safari video has featured nine professional surfers, including Anastasia Ashley and three-time world champion Mick Fanning. Japan’s Masatoshi Ohno, Brazil’s Gabriel Medina, Laird Hamilton and Alana Blanchard from US also acted in the video. The video has been shot at four locations in Australia, New Zealand, and US.



The controversial video has retired in July 2016 and it has been replaced by another video featuring New Zealand’s comedian Rhys Darby and actor Anna Faris. The new clip, including 20 extras, has been filmed at four sets of Warner Brothers. The video also contains a Chihuahua, which has starred in popular TV series Grey’s Anatomy and the movie Transformers.



Anna Faris has informed, “It’s so easy to tune out when watching a traditional safety video, so it comes as such a delightful surprise when you get something that’s really fun and funny.”



According to the head of global brand of Air New Zealand, Jodi Williams, the video has drawn over 83 million views online.



The CAA has denied commenting on any individual instance related to safety video production.

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