An Air New Zealand in-flight safety video was criticised for distracting from its message by the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), it has been revealed. The video released in May runs for around four minutes forty seconds and features a host of celebrity surfers including surfer and Sports Illustrated model, Anastasia Ashley.

In a letter obtained under the Official Information Act by One News Now, the CAA said that the video could be used but that they had reservations.

"As we have commented previously, the video diverges materially from the 'safety message' at times, and whilst I appreciate the need to engage the viewers, the extraneous material detracts from the scope and direction of the safety message," it read.

The watchdog refers to a circular on cabin briefings that suggests it could help make these videos. Though, their videos have tended to be much longer.

The airline told the news channel in a statement that the video was tested with consumers before release.

The video has already been retired and replaced with a similarly eye catching safety video featuring the actors Anna Faris and Rhys Darby as they go through different movie genres, trying to decide which would be best for an in-flight safety video.

The airline is known for their interesting takes on the in-flight safety video – with another named "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made", which kept to a Hobbit theme and featured director, Peter Jackson and Lord of the Rings actor, Elijah Wood.

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