Air New Zealand yanks bikini-clad swimsuit model safety video

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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.

Air New Zealand yanks bikini-clad swimsuit model safety video
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Sports Illustrated Cover Models Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge pose with Captain Morgan as Captain Morgan White Rum celebrates Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's 50th anniversary at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on February 19, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Captain Morgan)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Sports Illustrated Cover Models Lily Aldridge, Nina Agdal and Chrissy Teigen pose during the Captain Morgan White Rum and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's 50th anniversary poolside celebration at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on February 19, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Captain Morgan)
Model Hannah Davis attends the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Issue kick off event at Swimsuit Beach House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
American professional basketball player Skylar Diggins attend the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Issue kickoff event at Swimsuit Beach House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Model Chanel Iman attends the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Issue kickoff event at Swimsuit Beach House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Dutch model Marloes Horst attends the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Issue kickoff event at Swimsuit Beach House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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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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