A sexy airline safety video featuring swimsuit models is being withdrawn in the wake of an online petition signed by thousands.
Air New Zealand say the saucy safety briefing is not being removed because of public pressure, but because they refresh the films every few months.
The “Safety in Paradise” video, which features bikini-clad Sports Illustrated models in the Cook Islands, will be phased out by the end of the month and replacd by the “Bear Essentials of Safety,” featuring Bear Grylls.
The video courted controversy after more than 6,000 people signed an online petition asking for it to be removed, claiming it “completely disregarded” passengers who found it offensive.
Feminist commentator and Labour candidate for Rangitikei Deborah Russell, also voiced her disappointment.
During the film, stunning models explained what to do in the case of an emergency. Among them was supermodel Christie Brinkley, who proved she’s still stunning at 60 with a cameo from the hills of Hollywood.
The Air NZ plot shows local men demonstrating safety instructions – before being distracted by gorgeous girls including Chrissy Teighen. And the 28-year-old said she was in awe by the beauty of the shoot location.
She said: “I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’m so flattered that they asked, and thrilled to be here! I’ve been to a lot of beaches nothing quite like this though. This is pretty unreal.”
Previously, Air NZ have also used The Hobbit’s characters for their in-flight safety videos.