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Christie Brinkley and Sports Illustrated models stun in controversial flight safety video



By Emily Cegielski

Safety just got scandalous with the release of Air New Zealand's new in-flight instruction video featuring scantily-clad Sports Illustrated models.

The airline teamed up with Sports Illustrated to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its swimsuit issue, resulting in the four-minute video. Some of SI's most well-known models make an appearance, including three-time cover girl Christie Brinkley.

"I'm grateful to be included in Air New Zealand's safety video," Brinkley said in a press statement. "It features so many SI beauties celebrating SI's 50th anniversary of the swimsuit edition, that it may even have folks on the ground reaching for their oxygen masks."

Air New Zealand is calling the spot the "world's most beautiful safety video," but this hot video is getting the company into some hot water.

Dr. Deborah Russell, a lecturer at New Zealand's Massey University, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the video is offensive to women.

"My concern is that as a woman I get on a plane to go to a business meeting say - something serious - and I am confronted by women in bikinis in what are highly sexualized images," Russell said. "That jars. I want to be taken seriously but it seems that suddenly they are saying that my sexuality is all that matters about me."

Not everyone is so concerned.

Officials at the airline have stated that they think the entire production was tasteful and that proper protocol was followed to make sure the video struck a balance between entertainment and its safety message.

It seems unlikely that the backlash will hurt the airline, and mostly likely, the video will attract positive attention and passenger traffic for Air New Zealand, because - let's be real - a little beauty never made traveling worse than it already is.
Air New Zealand Unveils Sexy Safety Video

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bjsweetnam February 18 2014 at 12:38 AM

Jealous of Christie? You betcha! I'm 60 and don't look anywhere near as good. It's fabulous that she has taken care of herself and is as beautiful now as she ever was. Everyone should just remember that being a model is a profession and requires upkeep as does being an accountant, physician, lawyer .... I say good for her for taking her profession seriously. Now I guess I can just wait for people to slam me for daring to compare .... ;)

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jojohnee February 16 2014 at 7:44 PM

why are we so interested in someone

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thefamilyna February 16 2014 at 8:09 AM

Lighten up Dr. Russell, a women is taken seriously if she takes herself seriously...I seriously doubt that an Air New Zealand safety ad is going to diminish others taking you, your expertise, etc., seriously...lighten up and enjoy the ride...:-)

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ontario1 February 13 2014 at 3:29 AM

Why are people hating on Christi? First she looks amazing for 60 ...hell she look amazing if she were 30. Someone else wrote that she was a tramp and can't stay married and then there was a comment about her not being a role model. If you as an adult or child look to someone you don't know personally as a role model then you have other issues. Parents stop farming off or blaming people in the news as role models. You should be their role model. Their Grand parents, a teacher, big brother or sister. A close family friend or other relatives. Not Christi, or Jay-Z or Michael Jordan or whomever. As a kid I had people in the news I liked; sport stars, movie, music. But I never looked at them as a model for me to the point if they messed up I would fail too. Seriously, some little girls future marriage will be in jeopardy because Christi?

If I'm on a plane and see an attractive woman I don't need a video on the plane to tell me that the flight attendant is pretty or the woman in row E15 is cute. Just like a woman on a plane doesn't need a video or handsome face in a magazine while in flight to find a real life breathing guy on the same plane as her attractive. Life is all around us. Stop blaming or saying that men will not take you seriously because of a video shown on plan. There are men from the island in this video with their shirts off so is anyone complaining that the male pilot or flight attendant should feel uncomfortable or not taken seriously as an authority figure? It's not porno. Just a cheeky video. Hey, if I'm 30,000 up in the air I want two serious people in the cockpit flying the plane and friendly professional services in the passenger area ...and that can include a cheeky video. Next subject please! :)

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KURT February 12 2014 at 12:37 PM

So what, with all you guys have to say. I say she looks Awesome for 60 and I don't care about the bones in her closet.

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basinr February 12 2014 at 7:58 PM

i'd volunteer to be a bone but it wouldn't be in her closet !!!

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jacobusbellaire February 12 2014 at 12:34 PM

What a bunch of jealous idiots. She's hot, no matter what.

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robby February 12 2014 at 12:13 PM

people can say what they want.howmany woman can look that good at 60? you go girl!

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kcktmc February 12 2014 at 12:07 PM

She's a tramp with good genes that she had nothing to do with..

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mebsmattress February 12 2014 at 11:58 AM

This woman is pathetic. She cant stay married. What a role model!! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ricksgcoat February 12 2014 at 11:50 AM

Reading the comments and I now realize that people don't know the difference between your and you're. How sad.

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ssnwbrd February 12 2014 at 11:54 AM

And? Your grammar need help too it seems.

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mebsmattress February 12 2014 at 11:57 AM

You need a comma between "too" and "it."

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anidee9 February 12 2014 at 12:06 PM

If you think that is bad, look for: to, too, two, loose, lose, their, there and they're. I can't believe that people are so poor at spelling! Now grammar, don't even get me started.

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