Fake news and passenger blues

 

Emirates rocked the travel world last week, with news that the airline was planning to release a jumbo jumbo jet complete with a games room, park for the kids and a swimming pool.

 

Emirates has long been an innovator in the airline world, having been the first to offer shower facilities in a plane, and the two-bedroom ‘residence’, which costs the equivalent of a small house deposit.

 

So, when the news came out on 1 April, many people thought it may not be so far-fetched. I’ll be the first to admit that the airline had me fooled for about five minutes. That was until I began to do the maths in my head, you know, how much all that water would weigh and how the plane would get off the ground.

 

Yes, as much as it would be nice to believe, this was an elaborate, and funny, April Fool’s joke. So, no pools on planes for you, people. No pools on plane.

 


 

Shame on you, United … 
From pools on planes to being pulled from a plane (when you say it out loud it sounds better) – this 69-year-old doctor should certainly see a nice settlement after his mistreatment by United Airlines earlier this week.

 

It’s worth remembering that, although you may have bought the ticket and you may already be seated on the plane but as long as they offer sufficient compensation (up to US$1350), an airline can legally bump you from any flight. Now, it probably shouldn’t happen like this:

 

 

But it can happen.

 

And since this United Airlines PR nightmare (rightfully so), tweets about the airline’s new seating plans have been going viral.

 


 

We know it’s wrong, but you must praise the comedic ingénue who put this together.

 

Still, shame on you, United …

 

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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