Air New Zealand passengers removed from flight after refusing to watch safety video


A woman and man were kicked off an Air New Zealand flight in Wellington after they reportedly refused to watch the safety video.


Two Air New Zealand passengers were removed from a flight leaving Wellington after refusing to watch the safety video.


Flight NZ424 to Auckland returned to the gate on Tuesday morning because a female passenger continued to use her cellphone instead of paying attention to the crew.


According to reports, the pair were sat in an emergency exit row and the woman “put her fingers in her ears” to demonstrate she was not listening to the safety video.


“The passenger will receive an infringement notice under Civil Aviation Authority rules relating to the use of a cellphone,” a police spokesperson told Newshub.


The unidentified woman, however, put the blame on the airline.


Also speaking to Newshub, she said: “I have to say that if watching the safety video is so crucial and you can be escorted off the plane, maybe Air New Zealand should stop making ‘Rachel Hunter ice cream ad safety videos.”


This is not the first time Air New Zealand has been jibed for its choice of safety video.


Earlier in the year, the carrier pulled a widely disliked safety rap video from its planes after it received heavy criticism from passengers.