Curb on sex, violence in airline movies snubbed

The Dominion Post 2 October 2007
A family lobby group’s plan to curb films with sex and violence on aircraft looks unlikely to take off. Family First is calling for new laws requiring airlines to protect children from being exposed to R-rated films – and wants separate “family-friendly” areas on flights. The calls come after the United States introduced legislation demanding airlines create seating sections prompted by parents’ complaints.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said at least four families had contacted him since July expressing their concerns. “There are movies showing graphic images which parents don’t want their kids to see but they can’t do a thing,” McCoskrie said. Air New Zealand’s July entertainment guide showed the airline planned to screen films including Blood Diamond (rated R16 for its war scenes) and Once Were Warriors (rated R16 for violence). The national carrier has in-flight personal screens on its Tasman, Pacific and long-haul flights. Air New Zealand group general manager Ed Sims said the airline had not received a single complaint about its programming.