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(Gizmodo)   Airlines starting to Google passengers so they're able to greet them by name as they arrive on the plane   (gizmodo.com) divider line 87
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4530 clicks; posted to Geek » on 07 Jul 2012 at 12:57 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-07-07 01:02:07 AM
Greeting customers may be the stated reason for this program but I'm betting it's not the exclusive reason for it.
 
2012-07-07 01:08:08 AM
At this point, you've already been felt up by carnies while they steal the valuables out of your luggage. This is just the icing on the cake.
 
2012-07-07 01:08:25 AM
As long as they don't have to pitch anything to me. Just a name is fine.

I think it would be horribly uncomfortable for everyone involved for them to pitch advertisements based off my Google search results, given the kind of porn I google on a regular basis.
 
2012-07-07 01:09:26 AM
Some Morons feel this is an invasion of privacy.
 
2012-07-07 01:09:57 AM
Huh... How about you not put yourself out by Googling a person you'll never find, and instead not charge me absurd baggage fees or grope me? Or, if you're going to grope me, make it worth my while.
 
2012-07-07 01:12:12 AM
I'm pretty sure that if you're boarding the plane, they know your name Google or no...
 
2012-07-07 01:13:21 AM

treesloth: Huh... How about you not put yourself out by Googling a person you'll never find, and instead not charge me absurd baggage fees or grope me? Or, if you're going to grope me, make it worth my while.


ensure a description of how you like to be groped appears as text on each of your GIS
images.
 
2012-07-07 01:13:28 AM
I'm 100% sure this is only for the 12 or so First class passengers they can fit on certain flights.
 
2012-07-07 01:14:55 AM

treesloth: Huh... How about you not put yourself out by Googling a person you'll never find, and instead not charge me absurd baggage fees or grope me? Or, if you're going to grope me, make it worth my while.


Airline employees are now groping people? I'm booking nine flights on Singapore Airlines ASAP. Giggity.
 
2012-07-07 01:19:09 AM
Umm... your name is on the boarding pass, which they scan, and up pops your name on their screen, which they now can see and read. Its amazing, takes less than a second and they're using my name! Who dares say the age of miracles has passed?
 
2012-07-07 01:22:25 AM
How DARE they look at the information I've posted about myself on line! This is such a violation of my privacy.

/Sure Mr TSA, you can fondle my nether regions
 
2012-07-07 01:33:20 AM
Is my perverse love of Japanese schoolgirls going to help British Airways greet me?
img269.imageshack.us
 
2012-07-07 01:37:22 AM

Generation_D: Umm... your name is on the boarding pass, which they scan, and up pops your name on their screen, which they now can see and read. Its amazing, takes less than a second and they're using my name! Who dares say the age of miracles has passed?


Not Frank Sinatra.
 
2012-07-07 01:38:58 AM
The airline knowing who you are isn't always a bad thing. The entire staff of one airline lounge in Hawaii know who I am and greet me on sight without seeing ID.

Let's see, what else have I seen...

1. A gate agent, closing out the flight ahead of the one I was scheduled on, told me "go ahead on and find a seat; I'll do the paperwork later."
2. A gate agent told me in hushed tones, "We're not allowed to do this - but the computer says to upgrade you." (to trans-atlantic business class, when I was flying on a free ticket.)
3. A gate agent dropped off the papers for the flight at the cockpit, then stopped by my seat, gave me a hug, and got off the plane. (happened more than once)
4. A flight attendant loudly informed the other ladies working business class that I was a celebrity (I'm not, aside from being on Fark's all-time top submitters list) and should be treated well.
5. The purser of an international flight stopping by my seat and thanking me (by name) for taking the flight.
 
2012-07-07 01:40:05 AM
That is soon weird. Just last week while flying, the woman at the gate greeted me by name. She even knew what seat I was assigned and that I had checked bags. She must've been an early-adopter of this technology.

Or that paragraph-article is stupid and makes no sense.

You know what you can do? If you have someone's baggage tag (if you accidentally take the wrong bag, for instance) you can go to the airline's website and get all the flyer's info from the codes on the tag.
 
2012-07-07 01:43:55 AM
new travel charge:
online identification search convenience fee - $99
 
2012-07-07 01:45:40 AM
Google my name and they will find I am a professional surfer with a perfect bronzed body..........Well, not me, but a guy with the same name as me.
 
2012-07-07 01:45:47 AM

red5ish: Is my perverse love of Japanese schoolgirls going to help British Airways greet me?


Not unless they hire Chris Hansen

I'd have to make sure my name/photo contains inline captions for a really obscure pronunciation - at least that way when they greet me it'll be a little more interesting.

/actually I prefer just not posting any photos online...
 
2012-07-07 01:51:01 AM
Googling seems like a lot of work. Hmm. If only there was a piece of paper -- a type of pass, if you will -- that was necessary for my boarding the aircraft, and that contained my name printed on it in all capital letters. Hmmm...
 
2012-07-07 01:54:21 AM
That's it, I'm changing my name to Mr. Goatse Lemonparty.
 
2012-07-07 02:00:34 AM
They are welcome to try. Only thing that comes up is my facebook page and that's locked up tight anyway.
 
2012-07-07 02:44:03 AM

nikku88: They are welcome to try. Only thing that comes up is my facebook page and that's locked up tight anyway.


Get a load of this guy, he thinks his info on facebook is private!
 
2012-07-07 03:06:54 AM
Good luck.
My name is like the "John Lee" of China, for English culture. There's at least two dudes with my name in every town from coast to coast, pretty much.

/ anonymity, I has it
// this handle, on the other hand, DOESN'T have it, and I like it that way.
 
2012-07-07 03:19:50 AM
"Hello, Mr. Smith...I see you haven't registered as a Level 3 sex offender. Shall I contact the police department in your arrival city and make arrangements for you?"
 
2012-07-07 03:21:10 AM

starsrift: Good luck.
My name is like the "John Lee" of China, for English culture. There's at least two dudes with my name in every town from coast to coast, pretty much.

/ anonymity, I has it
// this handle, on the other hand, DOESN'T have it, and I like it that way.


Same with me. I have the most farking generic name in the world. I moved to a new state, got a drivers license. The guy says, "Hold on for a bit we have to visually confirm that everyone that has your name on the sex offenders list, actually isn't you."

14 mins and 34 screens of faces later. He confirms its not me and says, "Damn, boy you go to put a silent "ph" in there or something. I've never seen so many *REDACTED* in my life."
 
2012-07-07 03:35:09 AM
I hate it when clerks address me by name at the store or the bank, why would I like it at the airport? You don't farking know me, so don't act like you do.

And I recall hating having to do this when I worked in retail.
 
2012-07-07 03:57:08 AM
Why not just make everyone in society wear name tags?
 
2012-07-07 04:14:55 AM
I don't get it. My name was always on the boarding pass/tickets.
 
2012-07-07 04:29:04 AM
There are no pictures of me online, under any name or handle.
 
2012-07-07 04:59:32 AM

dbirchall: The airline knowing who you are isn't always a bad thing. The entire staff of one airline lounge in Hawaii know who I am and greet me on sight without seeing ID.

Let's see, what else have I seen...

1. A gate agent, closing out the flight ahead of the one I was scheduled on, told me "go ahead on and find a seat; I'll do the paperwork later."
2. A gate agent told me in hushed tones, "We're not allowed to do this - but the computer says to upgrade you." (to trans-atlantic business class, when I was flying on a free ticket.)
3. A gate agent dropped off the papers for the flight at the cockpit, then stopped by my seat, gave me a hug, and got off the plane. (happened more than once)
4. A flight attendant loudly informed the other ladies working business class that I was a celebrity (I'm not, aside from being on Fark's all-time top submitters list) and should be treated well.
5. The purser of an international flight stopping by my seat and thanking me (by name) for taking the flight.


Well! Aren't you self important.
 
2012-07-07 05:16:00 AM

fusillade762: I hate it when clerks address me by name at the store or the bank, why would I like it at the airport? You don't farking know me, so don't act like you do.

And I recall hating having to do this when I worked in retail.


They know your name, why shouldn't they call you by it? Isn't that the whole purpose of a name? Do you get annoyed when nurses at the hospitals call you by name instead of "patient with severe case of butthurt"?
 
2012-07-07 05:36:31 AM

scalpod: Why not just make everyone in society wear name tags?


You know who else was fond of identification tags?
 
2012-07-07 06:10:26 AM

DerAppie: fusillade762: I hate it when clerks address me by name at the store or the bank, why would I like it at the airport? You don't farking know me, so don't act like you do.

And I recall hating having to do this when I worked in retail.

They know your name, why shouldn't they call you by it? Isn't that the whole purpose of a name? Do you get annoyed when nurses at the hospitals call you by name instead of "patient with severe case of butthurt"?


Being a patient in a hospital is not the same as the 90 second interaction you have with a store clerk. I personally felt dehumanized by being forced to refer to every customer by name.
 
2012-07-07 06:44:19 AM
We're not friends. I am not looking to make friends with you nor will we be entering in to a business relationship. The correct term to use when addressing someone about to board your flight is:

Sir (or Ma'am for women).

If you start getting chatty I'll be less than impressed. I'm about to get stuffed in to a flying metal tube for several hours, buy overpriced soft drinks and most likely have someones screaming brat next to me as well. Keep it professional.
 
2012-07-07 07:26:15 AM
It's just so they know which cabin you belong in, before looking at the paperwork.

Also, how about a link to an actual article?
 
2012-07-07 07:32:02 AM
They're welcome to Google me. If my most recent GIS of my full name is any indication, they're going to be very surprised when they see me, and not an Australian business magnate with whom I share my given name and surname.

/not Rupert Murdoch
 
2012-07-07 07:43:58 AM
So you're saying they have no way of knowing my name unless they Google me? Ticket? Passport? Driver's License?
 
2012-07-07 08:48:27 AM
Couldn't they greet passengers by name from the information on their tickets?
 
2012-07-07 10:51:43 AM

InfrasonicTom: Couldn't they greet passengers by name from the information on their tickets?


Airline tickets do not have a picture of the passenger, yet.
 
2012-07-07 10:58:11 AM

moike: That's it, I'm changing my name to Mr. Goatse Lemonparty.


Stop acting like an old asshole.
 
2012-07-07 10:58:23 AM
Are the airlines not aware that in order to even get on the plane I have to hand them a ticket that has my name on it?
 
2012-07-07 10:58:54 AM
Seeing as how I'm an identical twin, I could have some fun screwing with my brothers flights. Hehehe......

/brother shares a name with a famous MMA fighter
//I share a name with a movie director
 
2012-07-07 11:13:04 AM
Ew, don't do that. You don't know me, don't use my name like we're friends..
 
2012-07-07 11:32:48 AM

Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: treesloth: Huh... How about you not put yourself out by Googling a person you'll never find, and instead not charge me absurd baggage fees or grope me? Or, if you're going to grope me, make it worth my while.

Airline employees are now groping people? I'm booking nine flights on Singapore Airlines ASAP. Giggity.


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2012-07-07 11:38:43 AM
Unless people are famous, you can't google their faces.

Try googling your own name and see if your face pops up.
 
2012-07-07 11:40:11 AM
How about airlines focus on fixing the boarding process, such as not letting people with bags too large to fit into the overhead to board the plane with them.
 
2012-07-07 11:56:48 AM
I think i'd get in trouble if I greeted them with a handheld laser

there are very few pictures of me on the internets
 
2012-07-07 11:58:44 AM

thornhill: How about airlines focus on fixing the boarding process, such as not letting people with bags too large to fit into the overhead to board the plane with them.


Madness.
 
2012-07-07 11:58:49 AM

Pumpernickel bread: Google my name and they will find I am a professional surfer with a perfect bronzed body..........Well, not me, but a guy with the same name as me.


if you google me, i'm either a college professor, a frontman for a minor rock band, a kid selling cellphones, a trucker, or a geek
 
2012-07-07 12:01:16 PM
Good luck with this. Google image search, my name: About 24,000,000 results (0.41 seconds) Not single one of me.
 
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