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March 06, 2009

Raising the Bar on Boeing

Bar Rafaeli
Fly the friendly skies

  by Beata Loyfman

Giving new meaning to the phrase "cabin pressure," Southwest Airlines recently debuted a new paint job on one of its Boeing 737s. Covered head to toe in model Bar Refaeli, the plane certainly stands out from the pack. Not sure about the reason for this, but perhaps Southwest figured that a partnership with Sports Illustrated would result in more flights booked. Well, why else?

Shockingly, not everyone is a fan of the plane. As TMZ reports, Southwest's customer blog has received a barrage of commentary. It turns out that some people don't want to fly in an aircraft with a semi-naked girl on it. Hang on, let me rephrase that: Some people don't want to fly in a plane with a semi-naked girl PAINTED on it. A few even went so far as to call it "a flying porn ad." Prudes!

Our favorite comment came from a gal called Lauren who wondered, "What will it look like after its first encounter with a flock of birds?"

We hope Southwest never has to find out.

What do you think of Southwest's decision to paint a supermodel on its plane?


I wander if prices for ticket went down on this air lane? If yes, so who cares about anything else. Isn't it what it's important right now?!

Lauren sounds like my kind of girl. I need to be friends with her.

Wow, I realize the economy is in a bad place right now but do we need to use sex to sell absolutely everything? LAME. If they wanted to get their airline noticed, why not try a public arts project like the NYC taxis did a couple years back that was both attention generating and humanitarian.

As far as I am concerned they can paint Divine (RIP) on the outside of the plane provided they get me to where I want to go on time.

Well, the bikini girl sure stirred up some conversation on this blog. Be sure to send Southwest Airlines a royalty check!

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