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Flight safety, Middle-Earth style!

If you've been on a commercial flight, you've heard it: the whole spiel explaining the safety features of your aircraft. It's important information and you simply have got to know it but...it's boring. And frequent fliers have a tendency to tune it out if they've heard it already. So what are airlines to do?

In an attempt to make sure people pay attention, many airlines are actually attempting to make the safety spiel entertaining. Few have gone as far as Air New Zealand has in their series of safety videos, which comprise of celebrity cameos, Shout outs, sports, aerobics and...naked people. Bet you're paying attention now, aren't you?

Some of the videos are:

Please note these tropes in preparation for your flight:

  • Beach Episode: "Safety in Paradise".
  • Body Paint: In "Bare Essentials" none of the people are wearing anything, but they do have their uniforms painted on.
  • Creator Cameo: Peter Jackson appears briefly in "An Unexpected Briefing".
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The guys demonstrating the brace positions in a canoe in "Safety in Paradise" keep sneaking glances at the model in the bikini on the beach.
  • Fanservice: Part of the reason for "Bare Essentials", and definitely the reason for "Safety in Paradise".
  • Fan Disservice: The streaking grandma at the end of "Crazy About Rugby".
  • Hot Wind: "An Unexpected Briefing" has a moment where an Mr. Fanservice passenger does this with his long black Aragorn-like hair...until the elvish flight attendant takes the hair dryer off him.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: At the end of "An Unexpected Briefing", the pilot, dressed as Gandalf, says, "Fly you fools!" as they take off.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The other reason for "Bare Essentials".
  • Scenery Porn: "Safety In Paradise": If you've never heard of the Cook Islands before, you'll want to go there after seeing the white beaches and turquoise water.
  • Special Guest:
    • Betty White in "Safety Old School Style".
    • Richard Simmons in "Mile-High Madness". There are also cameos from The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan, international netballer Temepara George, outspoken television presenter Paul Henry, and even Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe.note 
    • The All Blacks in "Crazy About Rugby".
    • The Sports Illustrated swimsuit models.
  • Stealth Pun: In "Crazy About Rugby", All Black captain Richie McCaw is sitting in the cockpit, in the captain's seat.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: The SI models one.