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(News.com.au)   Airline drops all pretense, programs entertainment system to call passengers "idiots"   (news.com.au) divider line 41
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2013-08-29 10:41:48 AM  
A plane headed to Mumbai, surely there would have been someone aboard who could trouble shoot and fix this.  Clearly she failed to do the needful.
 
2013-08-29 10:51:35 AM  
I've been on the receiving end of the mildest insult possible, issued by an anonymous person. TO THE MEDIA!!!
 
2013-08-29 10:52:16 AM  
hidden easter egg in the software. well done
 
2013-08-29 10:54:58 AM  
If the subtitles aren't hard coded into the movie, they will probably be in the same font as system messages. I'm guessing they don't load out the in flight movie server with the deluxe adobe font package.
 
2013-08-29 10:58:42 AM  
For only a nominal fee the staff will stop insulting your personal heritage. Credit Cards only, thank you
 
2013-08-29 11:00:30 AM  
You should sue. When trying to watch a movie and one of the words at the bottom of a movie-watching screen says "idiot", it is clearly an insult, and since you are probably 18th generation removed Thai royalty, you are due compensation. Or at least some attention. Perhaps a pat on the head will help.
 
2013-08-29 11:00:33 AM  
Somehow this didn't involve Ryanair...
 
GBB
2013-08-29 11:13:41 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: If the subtitles aren't hard coded into the movie, they will probably be in the same font as system messages. I'm guessing they don't load out the in flight movie server with the deluxe adobe font package.


Movie in question: Matru Ki Bijlee ka Mandola
 
2013-08-29 11:16:42 AM  
So inaccurate.  Should be "fat idiots."
 
2013-08-29 11:18:36 AM  
Better than an error message stating that Sum Ting Wong happened.
 
2013-08-29 11:18:41 AM  
Sorry. Trouble with the translation. That was supposed to be "Please sit down this is an ID10t Error"
 
2013-08-29 11:20:32 AM  
The passenger complained to cabin crew and took a photo of the screen, which kept going blank. She said an airline employee apologised.

Which was helpfully not provided with TFA...
 
2013-08-29 11:28:45 AM  
You know, I once talked in general about fat people a little too loudly while drinking and the only person to get upset was the person in there who was fat.

/study it out
 
2013-08-29 11:45:30 AM  
Age-old airline slang nomenclature for passengers is "geese".
 
2013-08-29 11:46:42 AM  
Was the message brought to you by Carl's Jr.?
 
2013-08-29 11:56:55 AM  
Indian passenger problems

"I am arrive by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my belly is too
much swelling with jackfruit. I am therefore went to privy. Just I doing the nuisance that guard making whistle blow for train to go off and I am running with 'lotah' in one hand and 'dhoti' in the next when I am fall over and expose all my shocking to man and female women on plateform. I am got leaved at Ahmedpur station.

This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung that dam guard not wait train five minutes for him. I am therefore pray your honour to make big fine on that guard for public sake. Otherwise I am making big report to papers."
 
2013-08-29 12:01:01 PM  
However, the messages at the top and bottom of the screen were in the same font, and the woman said this was not the case.

One disgruntled Indian programmer who may not like westerners from English speaking countries putting his own personal easter eggs in entertainment systems does not make for a calamity .
 
2013-08-29 12:24:19 PM  
I like how she just HAD to complain to the stewardess about it. I'm assuming she was clutching her pearls while she saw that message too. "Well...I NEVER!"

Sure, I would've been annoyed my screen didn't work on a long flight. I would've laughed my ass off at the message though.
 
2013-08-29 12:30:56 PM  
southparkstudios-intl.mtvnimages.com
 
2013-08-29 12:36:54 PM  
Note to all the Fark Butthurt-Brigade with their predictable hipster "OMG OUTRAGE" quips.

Please point out anywhere in the article is states that the woman was upset, insulted or that it was a calamity.

It was a surprising and funny thing that happened. No talk of lawsuits, protests, or anyone fainting.  Sadly because you are functioning under the democratic delusion that all people are created interesting you succumbed to the undeniable urge to post cliches that had absolutely nothing to do with anything in the article.

Get over yourselves.
 
2013-08-29 12:50:26 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Clearly she failed to do the needful.


Made my day.  Our company has a lot of Indian contractors and employees and I see this in emails on a regular basis.
 
2013-08-29 01:05:52 PM  
The interfaces for these things are designed to be very simple. Therefore, there is a good chance that the woman is indeed an idiot for failing to get it working.
 
2013-08-29 01:06:00 PM  
Caroline Natschappy approves heavily.

The customer is always: Wrong ; Rude ; Late ; Witless ; Loud ; Drunk ; Thieving; Sly and Stupid.
 
2013-08-29 01:12:37 PM  

Enemabag Jones: One disgruntled Indian programmer who may not like westerners from English speaking countries putting his own personal easter eggs in entertainment systems does not make for a calamity .


Might not even have been that. Sounds more like some snarky debug code a programmer forgot to take out when testing some obscure series of inputs on the assumption that there's some idiot out there who will do this some day so we better have a test for that condition.
 
2013-08-29 01:25:02 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: BumpInTheNight: Clearly she failed to do the needful.

Made my day.  Our company has a lot of Indian contractors and employees and I see this in emails on a regular basis.


Made my day as well, since I'm in the same situation as you.

/For one more day
//Then, new jerb with no Indian contractors or employees
///No, I won't Kindly do the Needful...evar
 
2013-08-29 01:30:21 PM  
I think the magic lies in the destination. Anyone who goes to India via Mumbai has a lot of money, and the sense of entitlement required to take this situation as a personal attack that deserved to be broadcast in the media.
 
2013-08-29 01:37:01 PM  

Badgers: Somehow this didn't involve Ryanair...


I was expecting United, myself...
 
2013-08-29 02:16:10 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Age-old airline slang nomenclature for passengers is "geese".


Hates geese:

i.huffpost.com

/hotter than a jet engine
 
2013-08-29 02:24:41 PM  
She adjusted the switches and buttons, at first with no response. The next thing she knew, a rather rude message popped up on the screen.

Seems like the in-flight entertainment system accurately labeled her.   WTF is there to adjust on an in-flight entertainment display?  Volume is the only thing to adjust.  The rest is selecting.  The article makes it sound like she just started pressing buttons randomly until the system became sentient and called her an idiot.
 
2013-08-29 02:40:50 PM  
It's odd how different the various inflight entertainment systems are across airlines. You'd think there would be only a couple of vendors who build and program the things but every airline seems to have something that was made from scratch just for them. Differences in hardware are to be expected but software and interface design varies even more. Coach on Emirates has an IFES ten times better than business class on Delta or any other US carrier... except maybe Virgin America but I haven't flown with them so I don't know for sure. The rest of them though... slow and clunky.
 
2013-08-29 03:03:50 PM  
Programmer gets his snark in. Personally, I just leave movie lines in my code.
<!-- Your mom goes to college. -->
 
2013-08-29 03:41:20 PM  

jtown: The article makes it sound like she just started pressing buttons randomly until the system became sentient and called her an idiot.


s12.postimg.org
 
2013-08-29 03:57:19 PM  

GBB: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: If the subtitles aren't hard coded into the movie, they will probably be in the same font as system messages. I'm guessing they don't load out the in flight movie server with the deluxe adobe font package.

Movie in question: Matru Ki Bijlee ka Mandola


Yes, and in the script the words "Lie low...Sit down you idiot!" appear.

Seems like she should have followed those instructions.
 
2013-08-29 06:12:39 PM  

John the Magnificent: Get over yourselves.


You sound more than a little butthurt.  There is some great advice on how to deal with that somewhere in this very thread.
 
2013-08-29 06:13:42 PM  
Mumbai to London on an A319? Those things get better range than I thought.

/Stupid file photos
 
2013-08-29 06:32:49 PM  

"The bizarre incident happened on board a recent Air India flight from London to Mumbai, the Times of India reported.
The woman, whose identity has not been revealed, said she tried to watch a movie about five hours into the flight but the entertainment unit wouldn't work properly."


It wasn't insulting you; it's trying to point out that being a woman, maybe traveling to rape capital Mumbai isn't a smart idea.

 
2013-08-29 08:40:01 PM  

BumpInTheNight: A plane headed to Mumbai, surely there would have been someone aboard who could trouble shoot and fix this.  Clearly she failed to do the needful.


Done in one, you magnificent bastard.

/shakes tiny fist
 
2013-08-30 02:31:00 AM  
It's unclear exactly why the message popped up, with airline sources speculating it's only possible it was the handiwork of a disgruntled employee.

www.thegremlin.com

Probably a bunch of agremlinists in this thread.

/agremlinist
 
2013-08-30 08:45:54 AM  
Oddly enough, I just came through Terminal 3 security at Heathrow this morning.  The young lady (it would be rude to call her a biatch) was basically verbally abusing the Asians in front of in the line.  Honestly she did everything but her them idiots (very uncalled for).

Never mind.  I am going to be drunk on a plane to Fort Worth in an hour and I will repost this then...
 
2013-08-30 09:18:54 AM  
This tab has officially died, hasn't it?
 
rka
2013-08-30 11:44:44 AM  
I fly a lot.

Most passengers are idiots. Truth is a defense right?
 
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