Air New Zealand will remove a scene included in a light-hearted in-flight video after complaints from gay activists.
The scene show All Black rugby hunk Richard Kahui refusing to give a male flight attendant a peck on the cheek after giving one to a female attendant.
Air NZ operations and safety manager David Morgan said that the video had been previewed to numerous people including members of the gay community before it had been show in-flight and “received none of the feedback we have in the past week”.
“The scene was not something that we, the people we tested the scene with, or indeed the participants in the scene, viewed as distasteful or likely to cause concern,” he added.
The gay flight attendant who appears in the clip said that he was surprised about the complaints. “I’m absolutely gutted that a couple of people in the gay community have ruined this for everyone else.
“I’m proud to be gay, proud to be an Air New Zealander and extremely proud of my role in the safety video. Obviously there are some people in the gay community that can be a little precious and need to lighten up.”