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(CTV News)   Passengers on WestJet flight from Toronto and Hamilton to Calgary told to scan their boarding passes at kiosk, where virtual Santa asked them what they wanted for Christmas. Then things got really really cool. w/vid   (calgary.ctvnews.ca) divider line 54
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2013-12-10 02:00:54 AM
The guy who asked for the socks and underwear is now in the hospital due to injuries sustained while kicking himself.
 
2013-12-10 08:45:15 AM
While the flights containing the unsuspecting passengers flew across the country, WestJet staff members in Calgary compiled a list of the requests and raced from store to store purchasing the items.

I saw brief piece on this earlier on TV.  Did they just shop in the airport or did they run all over town trying to find everything?
 
2013-12-10 08:49:31 AM
That may well make up for having to listen to the "jokes" the attendants tell.
 
2013-12-10 09:08:01 AM
I don't think WestJet would have just given me $1,000,000.
 
2013-12-10 09:08:46 AM
socialist Canada is socialist.
 
2013-12-10 09:09:04 AM
Ok, that's pretty goddamn cool.

Diogenes: Did they just shop in the airport or did they run all over town trying to find everything?


Best Buy and the local Mall
 
2013-12-10 09:09:17 AM

Diogenes: While the flights containing the unsuspecting passengers flew across the country, WestJet staff members in Calgary compiled a list of the requests and raced from store to store purchasing the items.

I saw brief piece on this earlier on TV.  Did they just shop in the airport or did they run all over town trying to find everything?


There's a large Mills mall just north of the YYC airport. Everything would have come from there.
 
2013-12-10 09:11:03 AM
Not surprisingly, my wish to become a member of the Mile High Club with 2 flight attendants at the same time was completely glossed over.  Stupid airline!
 
2013-12-10 09:11:30 AM

2xhelix: The guy who asked for the socks and underwear is now in the hospital due to injuries sustained while kicking himself.


I wanted to ask for a couple hookers and blow, but there was a woman with children in line behind me.
 
2013-12-10 09:11:47 AM

bulldg4life: Ok, that's pretty goddamn cool.

Diogenes: Did they just shop in the airport or did they run all over town trying to find everything?

Best Buy and the local Mall


rbaron71: Diogenes: While the flights containing the unsuspecting passengers flew across the country, WestJet staff members in Calgary compiled a list of the requests and raced from store to store purchasing the items.

I saw brief piece on this earlier on TV.  Did they just shop in the airport or did they run all over town trying to find everything?

There's a large Mills mall just north of the YYC airport. Everything would have come from there.


Pretty impressive.  Especially with crowds.

Well done!
 
2013-12-10 09:11:48 AM
FAKE, done w/ actors for advertisement purposes!
 
2013-12-10 09:11:52 AM
They still had to fly Westjet...
 
2013-12-10 09:13:35 AM
I wonder how many parents had already bought the item their kids wanted, and have to return them ;)  Not that it would be a big deal, mind you...
 
2013-12-10 09:14:54 AM
I asked for a beejer from the hot stewardess taking boarding passes but got one from a male baggage handler instead, so work on that for next year, WestJet.
 
2013-12-10 09:15:21 AM

Diogenes: Pretty impressive. Especially with crowds.


The end of the video mentions that it was done with "cooperation" from those stores, which would lead me to believe the stores weren't open (yet?  was this off-hours?) considering how empty the stores looked in the video.
 
2013-12-10 09:15:58 AM
Well, maybe there's hope for the world, after all...
 
2013-12-10 09:17:09 AM
And every WestJet passenger will pay for this with higher ticket prices over the coming year.
 
2013-12-10 09:17:44 AM
Nice marketing. still, I'm just happy my flight this weekend has "free" beer.
 
2013-12-10 09:19:05 AM

chrisco123: They still had to fly Westjet...


As opposed to who, Air Canada? I'll take Westjet any day over them.
 
2013-12-10 09:19:11 AM
Wonders if this was a gift possibility:

i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-10 09:20:48 AM

George Babbitt: And every WestJet passenger will pay for this with higher ticket prices over the coming year.


I imagine this came out of the advertising budget... and considering the number of people who have posted this on my FB new feed, I'd say it was money well spent. It's not that often I see people sharing something that is so obviously a viral marketing campaign.
 
2013-12-10 09:21:06 AM
Thank you West Jet for renewing my faith in Christmas giving.
 
2013-12-10 09:26:23 AM
"...baring a strong resemblance... "  Naked flight staff? I'm In!
 
2013-12-10 09:27:04 AM
Marketing ploy or not, I sincerely hope it wasn't fake and that the passengers really did get the gifts. If so, Westjet, you deserve the free publicity for making these people happy. Pretty goddamned cool, indeed!
 
2013-12-10 09:27:52 AM
I fly WestJet every time I fly to Victoria, B.C., and they always treat me very well. Plus, their support staff are super nice when you call them. This was a nice thing to do for their customers.
 
2013-12-10 09:27:52 AM

IamAwake: Diogenes: Pretty impressive. Especially with crowds.

The end of the video mentions that it was done with "cooperation" from those stores, which would lead me to believe the stores weren't open (yet?  was this off-hours?) considering how empty the stores looked in the video.


Smart.
 
2013-12-10 09:28:42 AM

IamAwake: Diogenes: Pretty impressive. Especially with crowds.

The end of the video mentions that it was done with "cooperation" from those stores, which would lead me to believe the stores weren't open (yet?  was this off-hours?) considering how empty the stores looked in the video.


"Cooperation" probably meant the stores allowing the filming and possibly had a register ready and reserved for them. The daylight suggests the stores pretty much had to have been open (unless it was a Sunday morning when stores tend to open closer to noon, in which case, cooperation...) The shopping was done sometime between 9am and 5pm if that happened in December. Calgary's pretty far north and their daylight is somewhat limited by their latitude.
 
2013-12-10 09:28:47 AM
Better than the big "Fark You!" I'll probably get from United on Thursday.
 
2013-12-10 09:30:44 AM

miscreant: George Babbitt: And every WestJet passenger will pay for this with higher ticket prices over the coming year.

I imagine this came out of the advertising budget... and considering the number of people who have posted this on my FB new feed, I'd say it was money well spent. It's not that often I see people sharing something that is so obviously a viral marketing campaign.


Probably because they didn't try to hide the fact that it's a viral marketing campaign. Stuff like this is really only a problem when the marketers try to astroturf it.
 
2013-12-10 09:32:20 AM

the dizzle: Nice marketing. still, I'm just happy my flight this weekend has "free" beer.


Was on a Southwest flight through some NASTY weather, when the stews proclaimed open bar.
The flight had to go around a huge storm front, and it was a wild ride, so they opened the taps.
The people on the left side of the plane had a lot of pale looking countenances from observing the giant wall of lightning that we were trying to fly around.
I was sitting in the tail section with the entire Texas State golf team AND former Texas Lt. Governor Ben Barnes, so I was sure we were going down in a blaze of glory.
We landed safely, but it was "interesting".

\end csb.
 
2013-12-10 09:34:21 AM
Was Santa wearing a blue suit!? Was Christmas-time at the airport still a pleasant experience? What sort of bizarre dimension have we slipped into? Ah... Canada.

Filthy, stinkin Canadians.
 
2013-12-10 09:45:10 AM
Awesome!

Very dusty in that terminal though.
 
2013-12-10 09:50:45 AM

EmmaLou: Better than the big "Fark You!" I'll probably get from United on Thursday.


Leave your dog and guitar at home before you leave.
 
2013-12-10 09:51:20 AM
Par for the course for WestJet. Smartest airline in Canada. They know how to treat their customers and now how to spend their advertising dollars. You can be sure the gift recipients will be flying WestJet for a long time.
 
2013-12-10 09:53:44 AM
Well they deserved something. They were landing in Calgary.

/Someone had to say it. :)
 
2013-12-10 10:00:32 AM

miscreant: George Babbitt: And every WestJet passenger will pay for this with higher ticket prices over the coming year.

I imagine this came out of the advertising budget... and considering the number of people who have posted this on my FB new feed, I'd say it was money well spent. It's not that often I see people sharing something that is so obviously a viral marketing campaign.


I didn't watch the video, I only read the article, was I not supposed to do it like that?

/effective ad for sure
 
2013-12-10 10:09:41 AM
What a new car may look like:
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2013-12-10 10:13:18 AM

miscreant: chrisco123: They still had to fly Westjet...

As opposed to who, Air Canada? I'll take Westjet any day over them.


So very this!  I don't fly a lot, but if it's a possibility, it's West Jet.  Friendly, helpful staff, on the phone, at the gate, and on the plane.  There was a flight delay enough the had to switch planes coming home from Florida, and they handed us two rounds of free meal tickets for the family and an apology  (the delay was less than 2.5 hours, we only used the one)  Another time we had to cancel tickets when my dad passed away, no fuss, no fee, no problem, even extending the credit which is supposed to have a fee, didn't, without asking.  Now those two things together cost them maybe $60-$70 bucks, but bought them a loyal, if infrequent, customer.
 
2013-12-10 10:30:51 AM

2xhelix: The guy who asked for the socks and underwear is now in the hospital due to injuries sustained while kicking himself.


A man walking alone across the desert suddenly hears a voice say, "Fill your pockets with pebbles and tomorrow you will be both glad and sad."
 
2013-12-10 10:36:33 AM
Too bad their baggage handlers booted a hole in my parcel marked "fragile" and it ended up on the regular baggage conveyor.
 
2013-12-10 10:46:59 AM
I don't care if it's a marketing ploy, that's awesome.

Westjet is great for flying in Canada.  Great customer service.  I've flown (no choice) Air Canada twice and GAWD I hate those guys.  It never goes well, and it's twice the price.
 
2013-12-10 10:50:00 AM
This is Toss Across!  I loved that game!
 
2013-12-10 11:21:45 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Wonders if this was a gift possibility:

[i44.tinypic.com image 408x301]


You stay the hell away from the future Mrs. Normal!
 
2013-12-10 11:30:20 AM
They would have a hell of a time fulfilling my order...


surlybikes.com
 
2013-12-10 11:48:11 AM
The passengers still ended up in Calgary in the December. They had to do something for those poor souls
 
2013-12-10 12:14:21 PM
So what happened if you carried your luggage on?  Or do polite Canadians always check their bags?
 
2013-12-10 12:15:02 PM

Clint_Torres: They would have a hell of a time fulfilling my order...


[surlybikes.com image 245x290]


Long Haul Trucker is my trusty steed.
 
2013-12-10 12:31:37 PM
ts2.explicit.bing.net
this
 
2013-12-10 12:49:16 PM
If it had been United Airlines, they would have received broken stuff from other people's lost luggage from several years ago, and they'd have to go to the Montreal airport to get it.

I would have been the stupid bastard asking for socks, because I need socks.  Slim chance I would have said "bottle of 25 year old Macallan".  No chance I would have said "awesome gaming rig" because I'm stupid that way.
 
2013-12-10 02:41:00 PM
Obviously a planned viral marketing ploy, but shucks, I might as well drink the blue kool-aid. I thought it was sweet.
 
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