Passengers take fun out of Southwest’s supermodel airplane

Try to have a little bit of fun and those pesky passengers get all bent out of shape. Last month, Southwest Airlines joined up with Sports Illustrated to paint the side of one of their Boeing 737s with the image of Bar Rafaeli, an Israeli supermodel, in a white, two-piece swimsuit. It’s a brief promotion aimed at promoting the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and tickle a few passengers who happen to randomly be riding on (or near) the aircraft. Wouldn’t your day get instantly better if you were waiting to take off at 7AM and saw a giant supermodel taxi past you?

But not everyone is as tickled as we are. A slew of passengers, many on Southwest’s corporate blog are complaining about the paint job, equating the image to “soft porn.” They want it taken down.

Think they’re being ridiculous? Check out the gallery below. Think they’re right? Read on:

%Gallery-44713%Have you ever seen soft porn? It doesn’t look like this. Women less adorned are all around us, from billboards in New York City to The Sears Catalogue to, oh, I don’t know, THE BEACH.

Southwest is just having a little bit of fun turning heads in the direction of their aircraft, but if you can’t stand the sight of a pretty Israeli woman, cover your eyes or stop flying for the next couple of months until they repaint her. The promotion only lasts a few more weeks.

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Southwest Airlines just unveiled their newest flying PR stunt in the sky. One of their 737’s has been decorated with a sexy photo of Israeli model Bar Refaeli.

This 23 year old (who by the way is taken, she’s dating Leonardo DiCaprio) appears on the cover of this months Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

Of course, the whole thing is really ironic, since it was Southwest Airlines that attempted to kick a passenger off one of their flights because she was dressed too sexy (she changed into something less provocative and was allowed to stay). Either they changed their minds about what exactly is “too sexy”, or they simply forgot about that little incident.


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