Air New Zealand revolutionizes the in-flight safety video

I can’t count the number of dreary in-flight safety videos I have sat through, waiting for takeoff. They all seem to have one thing in common – a stultifying lack of creativity; perhaps a direct result of having a captive audience. Before the advent of the ubiquitous video, at least you could amuse yourself watching some poor soul attempt to look dignified whilst wrangling with an inflatable life jacket, but these days, air passengers are subjected to giant onscreen faces chirpily wagging enormous fingers at you, saying “Smoking is not allowed on any Delta flight” – seriously, I can’t be the only one who is a little scared of the uber-sassy lady in the Delta video.

So it is such a joy to see that Air New Zealand have decided to tackle the problem of getting passengers to pay attention during in-flight safety videos. Last year, they raised the bar with their Hobbit-themed video, complete with cameo appearance by Peter Jackson.

Now, they have done it again, this time with a rollicking adventure sequence starring the fabulous Bear Grylls. Enjoy!

How much fun was that? And be honest, when was the last time you watched an in-flight safety video because it was fun; not because you had to? 🙂

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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110 Responses to Air New Zealand revolutionizes the in-flight safety video

  1. Having travelled to NZ a few times (it is so close) I’ve seen most of their inflight videos and I think there was even one with the crew in body paint which caused quite a stir, anyway, hadn’t seen the Bear Grylls one but love it! Presented with a sense of humour, adventure and topped with spectacular scenery.

  2. dadirri7 says:

    absolutely brilliant 🙂

  3. saskiavw007 says:

    Thanks for sharing, I haven’t seen this one yet but was very excited to see Ruud Kleinpaste make an appearance. About to head off into the unknown in less than four weeks flying Air NZ so once again I’ll have another good chuckle 🙂

  4. Su Leslie says:

    The first Air NZ video was definitely the best; I think they’ve tried to get a bit too clever with the later ones. I travel between Auckland and Wellington a lot so see them frequently. I also get served by a couple of the crew who are in the videos – that’s way cool.

  5. kvjinc says:

    The one with the New Zealand All Blacks is a good one too. I think it’s still on youtube? Ah…I dream of a return trip to Middle Earth…

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