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Air New Zealand recruits Melanie Lynskey and Ed O'Neill for safety video

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When was the last time you actually paid attention to an airline safety video? Been a while? Well, Air New Zealand is hoping to change that, thanks to some help from a couple of celebs.

Backed by some music from The Naked and Famous, your hosts for this new animated in-flight safety video are Ed O’Neill (Modern Family) and New Zealand-born actress Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air). And Melanie seems a little… disappointed that her seatmate is the Married With Children veteran. “Oh… nice,” she says after he’s introduced himself. Whether she appears shocked/frightened to see him because he’s Ed O’Neill or because his head just appeared out of thin air is debatable.

The video will be on all of the airline’s international and domestic flights by early July.

The Kiwi airline has recruited celebrities for past videos – last year (a non-animated) Lindsay Lohan and David Hasselhoff each did interviews with Air New Zealand’s mascot.

In this video, Snoop Dogg also makes an appearance, as do a few other famous faces. Take a close look at that cocktail that President Obama gets about a minute in. Air New Zealand is offering a globe-trotting trip for one winner who can spot all of the celebrity cameos in the video via their Flying Social Network site. Disclaimer: The winner’s free flight will not be quite as star-studded as this one.

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