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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Air New Zealand receives new paint job

"Shock and awe" is a term often used while discussing military tactics, but it may now apply to new methods used by Air New Zealand.
The national carrier has created advertisements and safety videos for its airplanes featuring pilots and cabin crew dressed only in body paint. The actors' most cherished body parts are not shown thanks to carefully chosen camera angles.
Apparently this has been going on for a while, but much of the Western world - myself included - has only recently gotten wind of it.
There are a couple things about this that concern me.
First, although these may make good advertisements, the naked flight stewards may be too distracting for the passengers to pay attention to the safety videos, thereby making them pointless.
Secondly, what about the children? Yes, I know a little nudity can be found in an occasional PG-rated movie, but that's five seconds in a 90-minute film. All these videos are probably 30 seconds long, with about 75% of the footage being risqué. Sure, parents can always cover their children's eyes, but what about those who've never heard of these new videos and don't know what to expect. Young Lamar or Susie may learn about the facts of life a little earlier than their parents intended.
In conclusion, here's a terrible - yet fitting - pun I found on
"What happened when a ship carrying red paint collided with a ship carrying blue paint?
Both crews were marooned."


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