6 Jul 2015

Cook Islands calls for care in jetblast area

7:38 am on 6 July 2015

Authorities in the Cook Islands are warning visitors to heed jet blast warning signs if they plan on watching planes landing and taking off at the international airport on Rarotonga.

A still from the promotional video of Cook Islands Tourism.

A still from the promotional video of Cook Islands Tourism. Photo: Cook Islands Tourism

Airport activity is easily viewed from the road near the airport and several tourists were treated for minor injuries last week after being blown to the ground by the blast from an Air New Zealand Boeing 777.

A recent video released by Cook Islands Tourism on social media shows its main characters experiencing such a blast while holding onto the fence at the airport.

The CEO of Cook Islands Tourism, Halatoa Fua says the video was meant to be humorous and not to promote the activity.

"When you come into the Cook Islands there is a jetblast signage and there is another area that we would reccomend visitors to be at which is much more safer. So the lifestyle here is quite laid back and you know it is just the lifestyle in the Cook Islands you will have more of an understanding of it when you come to the Cook Islands and experience that."

Halatoa Fua says visitors wanting to watch the planes should do so from within safe areas recommended by signs at the runway.