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(NBC News)   Virgin America helps creepy stalkers who want to join the Mile High Club   (nbcnews.com) divider line 43
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2013-04-25 08:03:31 AM
Rules for not being creepy:

1. Be handsome
2. Be attractive
3. Don't be unattractive
 
2013-04-25 08:04:54 AM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: Rules for not being creepy:

1. Be handsome
2. Be attractive
3. Don't be unattractive

4. Don't be Richard Branson
 
2013-04-25 08:04:58 AM
The problem with this is that the recipient can still identify a farker before going to the loo for a hookup.  And it'll be pretty obvious when the guy can't fit in that little room all by himself, much less with a partner.
 
2013-04-25 08:06:51 AM
Can you send a roofie or a ether soaked rag?
 
2013-04-25 08:08:31 AM
So for a $7 nip of vodka I can get laid?
 
2013-04-25 08:10:01 AM
It's a cute idea... but implementation will show some big problems most likely...

...but that aside, I freaking LOVE flying Virgin America... if they flew more places, I'd fly them more often. Five hour flights go by in a snap thanks to watching cable TV and playing puzzle games.
 
2013-04-25 08:10:38 AM
After the delivery, you can follow up and chat with your object of affection with Virgin America's existing seat-to-seat chat platform via its Red in-flight entertainment system. The chat platform allows travelers to send text messages to other fliers.

Yo gurl, i wanna show u my O2 face
 
2013-04-25 08:17:49 AM
I'll never understand why people want to flirt/hit on others/hookup/fark on commercial airline flights.  I honestly never feel LESS sexy than when I'm jammed into an aluminum tube filled with germy sweaty people.  In fact, the longest times I've gone without thinking about anything sex-related are all probably commercial airline flights.

But, to each their own, I guess.
 
2013-04-25 08:19:31 AM

HMS_Blinkin: I'll never understand why people want to flirt/hit on others/hookup/fark on commercial airline flights.  I honestly never feel LESS sexy than when I'm jammed into an aluminum tube filled with germy sweaty people.  In fact, the longest times I've gone without thinking about anything sex-related are all probably commercial airline flights.

But, to each their own, I guess.


Maybe it's geared more towards first class folks (which, on Virgin Atlantic at least, is *really* first class - not sure about Virgin America).
 
2013-04-25 08:20:10 AM
RETRAIN
YOUR
PLANE
 
2013-04-25 08:22:27 AM

Cheron: So for a $7 nip of vodka I can get laid?


No. But you can garner a scowl and a few nervous glances.
 
2013-04-25 08:25:31 AM
The chat platform allows travelers to send text messages to other fliers.

this could be very useful if you can send messages anonymously:

"Shut that farking baby up!"
 
2013-04-25 08:26:45 AM
The last thing I want are creepy passengers hitting on me while I am trapped on an airplane. Ten years ago it happened all the time. Hell back when i was like 15 traveling alone creepy 30 or 40 somethings would hit on me. This is clearly not a program geared towards women.
 
2013-04-25 08:28:03 AM
Because this will never be misused

26F "SHUT YOUR KID UP"
Virgin America: "Shop Skymall Today!"
16G "The next time he kicks my seat i'm going to rip off your legs and kick him with them"
9J "سوف حذائي لا تشتعل فيها النيران"
17B "BIE?"
17G "hi momowewwm'fmfmefm"
Virgin America: "Shop Skymall Today!"
22D "My son doesn't do that you're a terrbile mother"
35J "Have you heard the Good News?"
 
2013-04-25 08:28:52 AM
All I want on a plane is for people to shut the hell up and keep to themselves. This isn't helping.
 
2013-04-25 08:30:38 AM

HMS_Blinkin: I'll never understand why people want to flirt/hit on others/hookup/fark on commercial airline flights.  I honestly never feel LESS sexy than when I'm jammed into an aluminum tube filled with germy sweaty people.  In fact, the longest times I've gone without thinking about anything sex-related are all probably commercial airline flights.

But, to each their own, I guess.


Flying used to be sexy.  Back in the day, people would dress up to fly, get free meals and free drinks.  Stewardesses wore skimpy outfits and were young and bubbly.  Planes were roomier.  Flying was more expensive back then and people flew more infrequently.  They didn't have to worry about security lines and terrorism and the airlines didn't gouge customers with bag fees and snack fees etc.  The only thing that hasn't changed are the stewardesses who work on the planes - which is a bad thing.   A very bad thing.
 
2013-04-25 08:32:47 AM
CarnySaur:

Maybe it's geared more towards first class folks (which, on Virgin Atlantic at least, is *really* first class - not sure about Virgin America).

Umm, Virgin Atlantic doesn't have First class.  Just coach and business. Ok, also coach+ if we're being pedantic.
 
2013-04-25 08:34:05 AM

ace in your face: The last thing I want are creepy passengers hitting on me while I am trapped on an airplane. Ten years ago it happened all the time. Hell back when i was like 15 traveling alone creepy 30 or 40 somethings would hit on me. This is clearly not a program geared towards women.


if some creepy guy hits on you in a bar, you can always leave and go somewhere else.  On a plane, you are trapped with creepo mcslimey for the next five hours.  and god forbid you drank a lot of water before the flight.  guess who will be congregating by the lavatory the same time you have to pee?
 
2013-04-25 08:41:01 AM
So it will become  PedoAir.
 
2013-04-25 08:49:31 AM

ace in your face: The last thing I want are creepy passengers hitting on me while I am trapped on an airplane. Ten years ago it happened all the time. Hell back when i was like 15 traveling alone creepy 30 or 40 somethings would hit on me. This is clearly not a program geared towards women.


No one would ever hit on me, but I can guarantee that my wife will never want to fly with this airline.

The service is pretty disgusting as is.  The way the article describes it just makes it sound even creepier.
 
Unless there is some way for passengers to opt out of both the chat and the gift systems, this is quite possibly the worst idea airlines have ever come up with, and that's saying a lot.  I'm not completely convinced that it's even real.  Something this creepy has to be an internet joke, right?  Was some marketing idiot stupid enough to think that it would be a good idea to take the single worst thing about public transportation, make it even worse, and then advertise it as a benefit?
 
2013-04-25 08:54:08 AM
Meh, I don't see a problem with this.  It's the same thing that goes on normally in a bar or restaurant, just optimized.  The recipient can always decline, and I'm sure they'd have ways to prevent continued unwanted contact.

Seriously, planes could already use bouncers, sometimes..
 
2013-04-25 08:57:15 AM

Flakeloaf: Because this will never be misused

26F "SHUT YOUR KID UP"
Virgin America: "Shop Skymall Today!"
16G "The next time he kicks my seat i'm going to rip off your legs and kick him with them"
9J "سوف حذائي لا تشتعل فيها النيران"
17B "BIE?"
17G "hi momowewwm'fmfmefm"
Virgin America: "Shop Skymall Today!"
22D "My son doesn't do that you're a terrbile mother"
35J "Have you heard the Good News?"


That made me laugh hard. Thanks for that.
 
2013-04-25 09:01:37 AM

Skail: Meh, I don't see a problem with this.  It's the same thing that goes on normally in a bar or restaurant, just optimized.  The recipient can always decline, and I'm sure they'd have ways to prevent continued unwanted contact.

Seriously, planes could already use bouncers, sometimes..



Most people don't want a bar atmosphere anywhere, much less while enduring the other hassles of traveling by plane.  People who want to be in a bar can go to a bar, but people are often forced to fly, and often, they can't be choosy about which airline to use.  Making them take extra steps just to avoid harassment seems excessive, and even if people can decline gifts, in a bar-like setting, that often just leads to the spurned male trying even harder and being more annoying.

Look at it from the perspective of a woman.  The airline is actively encouraging men to harass her when she is already going through the stress of travel.  This is bad.
 
2013-04-25 09:08:29 AM
CarnySaur: Maybe it's geared more towards first class folks (which, on Virgin Atlantic at least, is *really* first class - not sure about Virgin America).

Believe it or not, what you think is first class is international business class. First class is a step above that, and Virgin Atlantic doesn't offer it. That said, only the top carriers offer first class these days... I don't think a single American carrier still offers it.
 
2013-04-25 09:33:07 AM
My wife's comment:

"If I ever fly them I will dress like the sluttiest slut possible."
 
2013-04-25 09:34:25 AM
Screw that, I'd rather Virgin set up a LAN party on their flights.  They do have 'Virgin' in their name, right?
 
2013-04-25 09:45:27 AM
United still has true first class on some planes. It's pretty great. However nothing tops Virgin Atlantic's Upper (first) Class back in the day. I got to experience it once on a mystery double upgrade. We sat in the top of a 747, had massages from the onboard massage therapist, ordered food whenever we wanted from the chef who only worked the first class cabin, and then, in a champagne haze, went to sleep in a lie flat bed with a down duvet in our Virgin provided pajamas. Sigh. It's back of the bus for me now.
 
2013-04-25 09:51:53 AM

SlothB77: ace in your face: The last thing I want are creepy passengers hitting on me while I am trapped on an airplane. Ten years ago it happened all the time. Hell back when i was like 15 traveling alone creepy 30 or 40 somethings would hit on me. This is clearly not a program geared towards women.

if some creepy guy hits on you in a bar, you can always leave and go somewhere else.  On a plane, you are trapped with creepo mcslimey for the next five hours.  and god forbid you drank a lot of water before the flight.  guess who will be congregating by the lavatory the same time you have to pee?


Having been trapped beside a few creepo mcsmileys in my travels the most important weapon you can have is an iPhone or iPod with ear buds. On one flight my phone died and I pretended to sleep and listen to music for almost 3 hours to avoid talking to the man beside me.

/he kept saying that I reminded him of his daughter
//*shudder*
 
2013-04-25 10:10:46 AM
So how can stalker join the mile high club.  Aren't stalkers those that watch not perform.  Maybe exhibishionist would have been better.  Of course, I am surprised the close minded subby even knew what the Mile High Club was.
 
2013-04-25 10:56:51 AM
Clearly this is a way to drum up sales.  Purchasing something before someone even wants it!  Brilliant.
 
2013-04-25 11:00:11 AM
How ironic that an airline called Virgin would be promoting rape culture
 
2013-04-25 11:21:53 AM

NetOwl: ace in your face: The last thing I want are creepy passengers hitting on me while I am trapped on an airplane. Ten years ago it happened all the time. Hell back when i was like 15 traveling alone creepy 30 or 40 somethings would hit on me. This is clearly not a program geared towards women.

No one would ever hit on me, but I can guarantee that my wife will never want to fly with this airline.

The service is pretty disgusting as is.  The way the article describes it just makes it sound even creepier.
 
Unless there is some way for passengers to opt out of both the chat and the gift systems, this is quite possibly the worst idea airlines have ever come up with, and that's saying a lot.  I'm not completely convinced that it's even real.  Something this creepy has to be an internet joke, right?  Was some marketing idiot stupid enough to think that it would be a good idea to take the single worst thing about public transportation, make it even worse, and then advertise it as a benefit?


You would hope. This is Creepy Factor 12... if it's one of them new-fangled "viral marketing" things it would make a lot of sense.
 
2013-04-25 11:25:15 AM

SlothB77: The chat platform allows travelers to send text messages to other fliers.

this could be very useful if you can send messages anonymously:

"Shut that farking baby up!"


Yeah.... it's rather like the idea I had for being able to send messages from one automobile to another.  Good in theory, but I expect it would be abused mercilessly.
 
2013-04-25 11:35:02 AM

SlothB77: Flying used to be sexy.  Back in the day, people would dress up to fly, get free meals and free drinks.  Stewardesses wore skimpy outfits and were young and bubbly.  Planes were roomier.  Flying was more expensive back then and people flew more infrequently.  They didn't have to worry about security lines and terrorism and the airlines didn't gouge customers with bag fees and snack fees etc.  The only thing that hasn't changed are the stewardesses who work on the planes - which is a bad thing.   A very bad thing.


Look at how flying was present back then.  Sure, it's a television show, it's fiction, but still.
 
2013-04-25 11:41:25 AM
I swear to God, Richard Branson is one Vietcong attack away from becoming Iron Man. :P
 
2013-04-25 11:47:38 AM

ciberido: Yeah.... it's rather like the idea I had for being able to send messages from one automobile to another. Good in theory, but I expect it would be abused mercilessly.


i642.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-25 12:40:49 PM

miss diminutive: SlothB77: ace in your face: The last thing I want are creepy passengers hitting on me while I am trapped on an airplane. Ten years ago it happened all the time. Hell back when i was like 15 traveling alone creepy 30 or 40 somethings would hit on me. This is clearly not a program geared towards women.

if some creepy guy hits on you in a bar, you can always leave and go somewhere else.  On a plane, you are trapped with creepo mcslimey for the next five hours.  and god forbid you drank a lot of water before the flight.  guess who will be congregating by the lavatory the same time you have to pee?

Having been trapped beside a few creepo mcsmileys in my travels the most important weapon you can have is an iPhone or iPod with ear buds. On one flight my phone died and I pretended to sleep and listen to music for almost 3 hours to avoid talking to the man beside me.

/he kept saying that I reminded him of his daughter
//*shudder*


Oh, Gawd. Done the same since I was 12.
 
2013-04-25 02:15:30 PM

NetOwl: Skail: Meh, I don't see a problem with this.  It's the same thing that goes on normally in a bar or restaurant, just optimized.  The recipient can always decline, and I'm sure they'd have ways to prevent continued unwanted contact.

Seriously, planes could already use bouncers, sometimes..


Most people don't want a bar atmosphere anywhere, much less while enduring the other hassles of traveling by plane.  People who want to be in a bar can go to a bar, but people are often forced to fly, and often, they can't be choosy about which airline to use.  Making them take extra steps just to avoid harassment seems excessive, and even if people can decline gifts, in a bar-like setting, that often just leads to the spurned male trying even harder and being more annoying.

Look at it from the perspective of a woman.  The airline is actively encouraging men to harass her when she is already going through the stress of travel.  This is bad.


I agree with you, but if the person wasn't already planning to be an ass, this probably won't tip his decision.  My support hinges on the presence of a bouncer.
 
2013-04-25 03:39:07 PM
I find it interesting that sending a drink / + text message is now considered creepy.

Ladies... sorry there aren't any of those here.  Girls, get over yourself.  Guys, smile at her and if she's into you, you'll know.

We used to actually come nearby and talk to the women.  I presume that is now considered rape.
 
2013-04-25 04:47:20 PM

ace in your face: The last thing I want are creepy passengers hitting on me while I am trapped on an airplane. Ten years ago it happened all the time. Hell back when i was like 15 traveling alone creepy 30 or 40 somethings would hit on me. This is clearly not a program geared towards women.


So let Branson set up a Teen Sex Hookup flight; problem solved.

Not everyone on a commercial flight is looking for a chance to strangle someone with a necktie.  And by 'hit on you', I take it you mean 'were male and  seated with 20 feet of you'?  Lighten up Frances.
 
2013-04-25 05:54:08 PM

Teknowaffle: My wife's comment:

"If I ever fly them I will dress like the sluttiest slut possible."


I'm certain that many FARKettes will utilize this service to get completely lit for free. And what's so bad about a drunken one-night stand in an airport hotel?
 
2013-04-25 09:24:23 PM
I love Richard Branson... but... HOW CAN HE USE THE WORD "deplane" ?

Ugh
 
2013-04-25 11:32:08 PM

maq0r: I love Richard Branson... but... HOW CAN HE USE THE WORD "deplane" ?

Ugh


Only Hervé Villechaize is allowed to use that word.
 
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