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Air New Zealand yanks bikini-clad swimsuit model safety video

Air New Zealand Yanks Bikini-Clad Swimsuit Model Safety Video

Some called it sexy, others called it sexist, and now, Air New Zealand is scrapping its supermodels-in-bikinis in-flight safety video following criticism that the video objectifies women.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Air New Zealand hired Sports Illustrated models including Christie Brinkley and Chrissy Teigen for an in-flight safety video set in the Cook Islands. In the video, the models pose in bikinis and suggestively describe how to buckle the seat belts, use the oxygen masks, and activate the life jackets.

Although the video inspired Internet users to view the clip upwards of five million times, it also inspired a change.org petition signed by more than 11,000 people demanding its ban, calling the video offensive, inappropriate and culturally insensitive.

The airline tells the New Zealand Herald the public outcry had nothing to do with the video's removal, saying safety videos are typically changed every few months.

Check out the full video here ... it could come in handy if you ever find yourself encountering turbulence on an island surrounded by models. What do you think about the video? Let us know in the comments.

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barryaclarke July 08 2014 at 12:09 PM

I’ll wager most of the complaints against this video came from people who are sensitive because they are overweight or felt unattractive compared to these beautiful women…………….

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yokoach July 08 2014 at 11:43 AM

fabulously creative way to illustrate and put new attention on a subject that everyone is bored to death hearing about.

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tneill1031 July 08 2014 at 12:29 PM

Must have been 11,000 fatties

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qfuhrmann tneill1031 July 08 2014 at 12:47 PM

Lmao agreed.

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Rob tneill1031 July 08 2014 at 2:37 PM

Feminists. Unless you mean fatty women. Fatty men would not object.

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ranger197172 July 08 2014 at 12:20 PM

I see nothing wrong with it.

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murphyajnjc July 08 2014 at 12:40 PM

Hey it sure got me to watch the safety video! If the unattractive are pissed over this video it's not the girls fault they are hot!

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CHRISTINABLUE22 murphyajnjc July 08 2014 at 2:25 PM

yes that is true these are pretty women nothing wrong with that it is just a ad thats it you dont like it then dont watch it .

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yokoach July 08 2014 at 12:03 PM

it's perfectly in keeping with the sense of New Zealand...an island paradise....what is it that people think others visit for? the monasteries? the family supermarkets or playgrounds? It's noted in other parts of the world as a free spirited adventure sports place (besides being hobbit land)

apparently there are not as many free spirited adventurists as other travel ads would have you believe.

I see it now, "come to New Zealand" dress up like a nun and visit families at church service

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gretchen_reynolds yokoach July 08 2014 at 4:59 PM

Apparently, there are many sexist people in New Zealand who write poorly and don't know how to spell or use grammar.

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Scooter July 08 2014 at 2:48 PM

Jealous much??

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gretchen_reynolds Scooter July 08 2014 at 5:01 PM

See skidrotom's disgusting response below and maybe you'll get a clue just how gross it is for women to be viewed as some guy's masturbation motivation.

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gmc1352 gretchen_reynolds July 08 2014 at 7:02 PM

Thank God no man will ever look at YOU that way...

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tcmclarney gretchen_reynolds July 08 2014 at 7:26 PM

Dr Ms Reynolds,

Why is skidrotom's response, involving the very small boner required to make one feel trapped in an economy seat, disgusting to you? Is the thought of a very small penis that unsettling? Perhaps the thought of ANY penis is unsettling to you?

Well, whatever the case, I viewed his response, and it failed to give me ANY perspective at all of just how gross it is for "women" to be viewed as some guy's masturbation motivation.

I take it that YOU do not feel comfortable with the thought of any man masturbating, while thinking of you or viewing your image? That's perfectly acceptable. I've spoken with numerous women about their masturbation habits, and none of them expressed concern about the feelings of any male who might be involved in their thoughts while they manipulated themselves to orgasm.

Rest assured that the women who sell access to views of their bodies are generally accepting of the fact that many men will see them, and grease their images with seminal fluid.

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Paul Scooter July 08 2014 at 10:55 PM

Only straight men , Gretchen. Not that there's anything wrong with that. What do you use, "50 shades of Grey'?

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jtdancernh July 08 2014 at 11:26 AM

Huh...they didn't have to pull the video--all they needed to do was make another version that featured a bunch of hunks in trunks. Women and gay men deserve a little eye candy too, ya know...

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skidrowtom July 08 2014 at 2:45 PM

After watching the video on the plane, my boner had me wedged in my seat.

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marbears skidrowtom July 08 2014 at 7:26 PM

A great commercial. Well done. Tasteful.

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