The Hobbit is still a thing in New Zealand where Air New Zealand has just debuted another safety video designed to get its passengers to look up from their smartphones during the pre-flight briefing.
The video coincides with Peter Jackson’s second Middle-earth trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
It’s a better way to link to a movie/TV show than what the Minnesota Lottery came up with, although we’re pretty sure a Walking Dead theme would be the ultimate challenge for an aviation safety briefing.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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