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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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4531 clicks; posted to Geek » on 07 Jul 2012 at 12:57 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-07-07 12:06:10 PM  

spawn73: Unless people are famous, you can't google their faces.

Try googling your own name and see if your face pops up.


That's not true, I've Googled a lot of friends names and found their picture. I also guarantee that just about everyone under the age of 30 has their picture out there with their name attached.

The thing that makes no sense about this is, how are they supposed to know what pic is you? Chances are hundreds, if not thousands of pictures with the same name will appear in any Google image search.
 
2012-07-07 12:09:23 PM  

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"?


He's not alone, I find it a little unsettling when I swipe my card at the grocery store and suddenly the 15 year old behind the register calls me by my name.
 
2012-07-07 12:53:28 PM  

spawn73: Unless people are famous, you can't google their faces.

Try googling your own name and see if your face pops up.


Google+ requires you use your real name. (They still haven't caught on to the fact my name is not in fact Fluffy Mcflufferton IV, but I suspect they'll be pissed when they do notice)

Facebook also encourages you to use your full name.

One could Google a persons name and easily come up with a Facebook photo of them if their privacy settings are set correctly.

You could also find someone on Google+, but you'd have to find someone using it first.
 
2012-07-07 12:55:17 PM  

ReapTheChaos: He's not alone, I find it a little unsettling when I swipe my card at the grocery store and suddenly the 15 year old behind the register calls me by my name.


Read their nametag and say "You're welcome, Jimmy McRunsTheRegister"

It will freak them out more, I assure you. they are used to be treated like robots.
 
2012-07-07 12:57:27 PM  
I have an idea. Just look at the feckin' ticket.
 
2012-07-07 01:15:29 PM  

Vaneshi: 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.


I'm of the weird opinion that if you aren't a knight or a commissioned officer, you haven't earned the right to be called Sir.
 
2012-07-07 01:20:09 PM  

fluffy2097: ReapTheChaos: He's not alone, I find it a little unsettling when I swipe my card at the grocery store and suddenly the 15 year old behind the register calls me by my name.

Read their nametag and say "You're welcome, Jimmy McRunsTheRegister"

It will freak them out more, I assure you. they are used to be treated like robots.


Sometimes, when i'm really tired, i'll use the register person's name in every sentence.
"yep, found everything just fine, Stacy."
"Plastic, Stacy."
"No, I'm good on stamps and ice, Stacy.
"Thanks Stacy."
"Stacy, you do the same!"

I think they like that.
 
2012-07-07 01:21:48 PM  

ReapTheChaos: spawn73: Unless people are famous, you can't google their faces.

Try googling your own name and see if your face pops up.

That's not true, I've Googled a lot of friends names and found their picture. I also guarantee that just about everyone under the age of 30 has their picture out there with their name attached.

The thing that makes no sense about this is, how are they supposed to know what pic is you? Chances are hundreds, if not thousands of pictures with the same name will appear in any Google image search.


Yeah OK, if they allready know what you look like they could find you (unless you have a very common name).

But I guess we agree that they won't be doing any such thing for practical reasons.
 
2012-07-07 01:25:26 PM  
This will be what happens when they end up googling my name...

www.reactor-core.com
 
2012-07-07 02:26:46 PM  

loonatic112358: 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


Are you The Breakfast Club?
 
2012-07-07 02:44:28 PM  

titwrench: Are you The Breakfast Club?


fat guy joke would be, no but I ate them

Those are actually other people, not personalities, and they all live in a different location, not just a different state
 
2012-07-07 03:23:12 PM  
I feel like that's the start of a very surreal plane ride.

/Welcome to your flight, Mr. Smith. You've always been on this flight.
//not my real name
 
2012-07-07 03:39:14 PM  
There are also other unintended consequences. I know a girl who had a few warrants for Failure To Appear, DUI w/ Minor in Possession, and Driving While Suspended. She had like $20k wants from two counties and the State. All of that is public information on county government websites which are Google and Bing Searchable.

So she goes to the airport in order to start a Vegas Vacation for her 21st birthday. Might have been the airline, might have been Department of Homeland Security, and might have been the local police. But she was arrested by Airport Police just at the gate just before getting on the plane based on the (6) bail and arrest warrants... They do and will look people up. She had a big red flag appear somewhere.
 
2012-07-07 04:16:20 PM  
Good thing my name is John Doe.
 
2012-07-07 04:37:48 PM  
BRB, just making a fake profile with my real pictures but with the name D. B. Cooper.
 
2012-07-07 05:24:49 PM  

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.


Where does the line of people that show up to blow you regularly form?
 
2012-07-07 05:30:13 PM  

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.


i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-07-07 05:49:07 PM  
Ummmm... they already know the name of every passenger. Its on your boarding pass.
 
2012-07-07 06:09:26 PM  
I don't use any social networking sites. When I Googled my name, it came up with a hipster douche in LA and a middle aged pervert in the mid-west.

I'd rather not have this practice catch on.
 
2012-07-07 06:35:44 PM  

dbirchall: 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.


So, you're like the Paris Hilton of Fark? Congrats.
 
2012-07-07 06:50:22 PM  
Are we talking announcing our name as we enter the airport over the intercom system? If so, that'd be annoying...

If you're talking the stewardess saying welcome aboard, I don't see that as a big deal, but my name is on my ticket they check anyhow...
 
2012-07-07 07:54:03 PM  

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.


My first trip to New York and I checked in to the Marriott Marquis. Got to the room and within minutes had lost my room key. Called the front desk to get another and they answered the phone with "Yes, Mr. Wambu, what may I do for you?


Nice and creepy at the same time.
 
2012-07-07 09:28:19 PM  
Out of curiosity, I googled my name, and got this picture:

Apparently Google has decided my name is Sweetums.
 
2012-07-07 10:25:37 PM  

Unobtanium: 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?


For the predatory type of person, British Airways just became a dream job. I realize the information is already out there, but now it will be aggregated into a neat little package and linked to a real, live person. That's just so convenient, Joss Whedon should steal the idea for his next project.
 
2012-07-07 10:30:12 PM  

spawn73: Unless people are famous, you can't google their faces.

Try googling your own name and see if your face pops up.


The entire first page of GIS is me. (at least on google.CA and mobile browser)

/not famous
//definitely not popular
 
2012-07-07 10:31:36 PM  
Yeah, isn't your name on the manifest?
 
2012-07-08 10:30:40 AM  

Johnny_Canuck: Yeah, isn't your name on the manifest?


Came here to ask this.
 
2012-07-08 12:39:20 PM  
How do they Google you without knowing your name already? Are they looking for a nickname?
 
2012-07-08 07:45:32 PM  

elysive: How do they Google you without knowing your name already? Are they looking for a nickname?


They're looking for aliases. It's a roundabout way of saying "we're going to use public sources of information to verify identity, as there would be hell to pay if we told you we were doing background checks on our customers to verify identity."
 
2012-07-08 07:51:55 PM  

Cluckity: spawn73: Unless people are famous, you can't google their faces.

Try googling your own name and see if your face pops up.

The entire first page of GIS is me. (at least on google.CA and mobile browser)

/not famous
//definitely not popular


Luckily, my name matches that of a self-marketing lawyer, a football player, and a thespian, so although I'm a published author, I'm nowhere near the first couple of pages on GIS. In fact, it takes 15 pages of GIS before you find anything even related to me, and another dozen or so pages before you find a picture of me.

Safe to say, British Airways isn't going to know what I look like, methinks.
 
2012-07-08 08:48:36 PM  

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?


They are actually Googling your face, presumably from discretely placed cameras in the boarding area. That way they know your name before you hand them your boarding pass.
 
2012-07-08 08:53:42 PM  

BigLuca: 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."


Do you have the most generic face in the world as well? That's what they are searching, not your name. Google can now do facial recognition searches.
 
2012-07-08 09:28:20 PM  

kg2095: BigLuca: 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."

Do you have the most generic face in the world as well? That's what they are searching, not your name. Google can now do facial recognition searches.


Dunno. You tell me.
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-08 10:17:23 PM  
I'm usually wearing one shirt or another that has my name embroidered on it. So this happens to me all the time. The most recent incident was at Arby's on Saturday.
 
2012-07-09 12:18:33 AM  

kg2095: BigLuca: 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."

Do you have the most generic face in the world as well? That's what they are searching, not your name. Google can now do facial recognition searches.


Good luck with that. I'm a fuzzy nebbish of a man - hell, if I had lower ethical & moral standards, I'd make an awesome hit man, because I honestly define the word, "nondescript." Combined with my easily-confused name, I'm practically hiding in plain sight. And loving it.
 
2012-07-09 05:48:19 AM  
For additional fun, do not forget to tell the checkin attendant in a hushed voice: "and remember... not a word to the press" when you hand over your paperwork or plastic.
 
2012-07-09 08:21:15 AM  

FormlessOne: elysive: How do they Google you without knowing your name already? Are they looking for a nickname?

They're looking for aliases. It's a roundabout way of saying "we're going to use public sources of information to verify identity, as there would be hell to pay if we told you we were doing background checks on our customers to verify identity."


If a government issued ID is insufficient then we have other problems.
 
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