Aviation

Air New Zealand gets involved in hilarious 15-year-long prank war

A long-running prank war between a father and daughter has been taken to new heights after Air New Zealand got in on the action mid-flight.

The New Zealand Herald reported that Kiwi actor Bridie Connell has been in an epic “pinch and a punch for the first of the month” prank war with her father for 15 years.

Connell revealed that, in the past, school principal meetings, family holidays, live-radio interviews and even funerals have been hunting grounds for pranks.

With the 1st of May just out of the way, Connell revealed that this month was particularly epic. The story unfolded mid-flight, as Connell flew to New Zealand.

The aim is to be the first to “pinch and punch”, Connell explained on social media, with most months being pretty low key; however, sometimes they up the ante and go out of their way to prank each other.

Currently based in Melbourne, Connell revealed she plotted her revenge on a three-hour Air New Zealand flight, returning to New Zealand.

But her father was one-step ahead. The actor recorded the event as it unfolded via social media.

On 1 May, she was travelling for her cousin’s birthday; it was too early to call her father to wish him a “pinch and a punch”, so Connell elected to wait until she landed.

While on board her flight, Connell said that a flight attendant approached her with a letter and revelead that she was receiving a seat upgrade. What followed is described as it happened via Connell’s social media feed.

The letter reads: “To my beloved daughter,

“I do hope you’re sitting back reclining comfortably as you wend your way across the Tasman. I can’t wait to see you, and I know you are going to be very excited and thrilled when you see me!

“By the way, while I remember… pinch and a punch for the first of the month, no returns!

“Ps Aren’t Air NZ flight staff fabulous? I really do understand why it’s your favourite airline!”, he wrote before signing off the letter with kisses.

Connell said she was annoyed that her father beat her to the punch, but that she was also very impressed.

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