Air New Zealand, known for their offbeat in-flight safety videos, has released a new four-minute reel, featuring actress Betty White. The latest video depicts the former star of The Golden Girls at the fictional Second Wind Retirement Resort, where she instructs a lot chess-playing residents to “listen up” as her “cousin’s grandson” (a.k.a. an Air New Zealand flight attendant) reminds seniors of the usual on-board precautions (fastening seatbelts; pulling down oxygen masks).
“We had a lot of fun on set and I think we’ve shown that it doesn’t matter what age you are, it’s important to live life to the full,” says White.
Past quirky videos from the airline have starred fitness personality Richard Simmons, pointy-eared hobbits, and British adventurer Bear Grylls. The safety videos aren’t just for ticket-holders, either—they’ve garnered over 25 million views online, with over 15,000 YouTube subscribers to Air New Zealand's channel sitting upright and ready for the next hilarious installment.
Maria Pedone is on the digital team at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @mariapedestrian.