Passengers on Air New Zealand never quite know what, or who to expect when the pre-takeoff safety videos are played.
Past safety videos have featured the All Blacks rugby team, American fitness guru and short-shorts enthusiast Richard Simmons sweatin’ out the instructions in a disco-fueled performance, while just last fall a cabin full of characters from the upcoming movie ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ appeared pointing out the exits and how to use the oxygen masks.
Now it’s Bear Grylls’ turn in ‘The Bear Essentials of Safety’. The British adventurer, best known for his television series Man vs. Wild, filmed the safety video in a remote part of the Routeburn Track near Fiordland in New Zealand’s South Island late last year.
Bear Grylls says shooting an in-flight safety video in the wild was an inspired idea. “New Zealand is a country that I have always called my home away from home and I feel so proud to be involved with this campaign. We shot in a truly amazing setting with an amazing team – and that is always a privilege.”
Besides making sure your seat-belt is fastened and your food tray is the upright position, Bear highlights other important safety points, such as safely storing your fish under the seat in front of you and not using the oxygen mask as a portable loo.
Online viewers of the clip can earn a chance to win a trip for two to New Zealand to complete the Great Kiwi Bucket List by counting how many times a moa (a giant flightless bird) appears in the video. The prize includes a 10 day New Zealand holiday with the winner’s choice of six adventure activities from a list that ranges from swimming with dolphins in Doubtful Sound to hot air ballooning across the Canterbury Plains.
[via Air New Zealand]