Air New Zealand’s surfing-themed safety video featuring Mick Fanning is slammed for being distracting

  • Video, filmed in the US, Australia and New Zealand, was released last year 
  • It features several high-profile pro-surfers who explain safety instruction 
  • New Zealand’s CAA deemed it acceptable for use but criticised its content 

Air New Zealand has been criticised by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) over its celebrity-packed safety video.

The airline released the instructional footage, which features a number of high profile surfers including Mick Fanning, last May. 

In an email, the CAA said the content of the video ‘diverges materially from the “safety message” at times’.

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Air New Zealand has been criticised by the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) over its celebrity-packed safety video (file photo)

Air New Zealand has been criticised by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) over its celebrity-packed safety video (file photo)

The video from Air New Zealand showed safety instructions with a surfing theme (above)

The video from Air New Zealand showed safety instructions with a surfing theme (above)

Safety messages are illustrated with surf equipment such as the surf board pictured here

Safety messages are illustrated with surf equipment such as the surf board pictured here

The communication was obtained by TVNZ One News under New Zealand’s Official Information Act.

It said: ‘As we have commented previously, the video diverges materially from the “safety message” at times, and whilst I appreciate the need to engage the viewers, the extraneous material detracts from the scope and direction of the safety message.’

According to One News, the email was in reference to a surfing-themed safety video, which was released in May last year.

Putting on a life vest

Using the oxygen mask

Several high-profile surfers were used to demonstrate different safety features (left and right)

The video featured nine professional surfers, including Mick Fanning, the three-time world champion from Australia, Anastasia Ashley, who has modelled in Sports Illustrated, and Masatoshi Ohno, Japan’s number one pro-surfer.

In the footage, the athletes are seen surfing in locations in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Between shots in the waves and on the beach, they demonstrate different aspects of plane safety instructions that are normally done by cabin crew.

However, despite the criticism, the video was deemed acceptable for use.

This year, the surf-themed video has been replaced with a Hollywood-themed one featuring actress Anna Faris and New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby.

An Air New Zealand spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Every safety video shoot includes a member of our safety team on set to ensure the necessary safety messages are communicated clearly and in line with New Zealand regulatory requirements. 

However, the video also featured several scenes of the surfers out on the waves (pictured)

However, the video also featured several scenes of the surfers out on the waves (pictured)

There were also scenes of the surfers hanging out on the beach and posing in stills (above)

There were also scenes of the surfers hanging out on the beach and posing in stills (above)

‘The finished product is also shared with the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand prior to release.

‘Each video is also consumer tested with a cross section of customers prior to release, including understanding the messages they take from it and its overall impact in order to ensure we strike the right balance between safety and entertainment.

‘All customers have access to a safety briefing card on board in addition to the safety video (or manual safety briefing by crew on services operated by turbo-prop aircraft).’

MailOnline Travel has contacted the New Zealand CAA for comment.






Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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