It’s generally accepted that flight safety videos are a boring formality to which no one pays attention. In years past, as your flight taxied out of the gate and towards the runway, you could count on people putting their heads down and ignoring the flight safety video and the flight attendants’ emergency instructions prior to takeoff. A funny thing happened a few years ago though; Delta Air Lines must have realized that people hate the flight safety video, so they decided to spice it up a little. Knowing exactly what would catch the passengers’ attention, Delta started playing a pre-flight safety video that features the gorgeous redhead Katherine Lee. If you’ve taken a Delta flight over the last few years, you know Katherine Lee. She’s the sassy flight attendant who wags her finger at you if you do something bad like try to smoke. Katherine is a real flight attendant for Delta with the upside of being incredibly watchable, which makes Delta’s pre-flight safety videos something to enjoy rather than tolerate. It’s not unusual to hear laughter throughout the cabin as Katherine’s character lays down the flight rules interlaced with playful innuendo. So where does the flight safety video go from here?
Air New Zealand must have liked Delta’s spicy flight safety video idea, but they’ve decided to take it a step further. Whereas Katherine’s character for Delta isn’t overtly serving as eye candy, Air New Zealand throws that plausible deniability to the wind and brings in swimsuit models to recite the flight safety procedures. And not just any swimsuit models – Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. Do you suppose they might catch the attention of a few of the passengers who were about to zone out into their iPads? We’re guessing yes. Watch below as Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Jessica Gomes, Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis and Ariel Meredith lay out the flight safety rules for Air New Zealand. Since this video is also meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Edition, they’ve even incorporated the legendary Christie Brinkley, who is looking pretty darn good at 60 years old (thanks to Chuck Norris and the Total Gym). Since being posted online, the video has gone viral with hundreds of thousands of views in just two days!