Sexy In-Flight Safety Video Pulled After Feminist Backlash [VIDEO]

Air New Zealand removed its latest in-flight safety instructions video after more than 11,000 people complained about the women in bikinis part.

“Safety in Paradise” features SI swimsuit models Christie Brinkley, Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis and Ariel Meredith in bikinis, because 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, and because women in bikinis tend to capture people’s attention.

Australian Natasha Young wasn’t pleased, and started a Change.org petition demanding the video be removed because apparently, showing tastefully bikini-clad women is sexist and insensitive: “It disregards those who are conservative by nature and are uncomfortable with its imagery and disregards passengers who have been exposed to sexual assault.” 

More than 11,000 people have signed the petition, and the video is no longer show in flights, reports the New York Post, but Air New Zealand claims the video was not removed because of the backlash, but because it had run its course.


Follow Rachel on Twitter