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Airline Passenger Almost Forgets to Check into Business Class Lounge on Social Media
Chaos at airport as woman realises just as flight is called
DUBAI: An airline passenger yesterday narrowly avoided missing out on informing her friends and followers on social media that she was in a business class lounge, according to shocking reports.
The incident is believed to have taken place at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1, from where the unnamed woman was reportedly flying with Virgin Atlantic to London. Eyewitnesses claim it was only upon hearing the last call for her flight that she realised the mistake.
“It looked really touch and go for a minute,” said Lindsay Washington, who was also in the business class lounge but posted details on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram regarding her location immediately upon entering.
“There was this mad, desperate panic as she frantically tried to type into her phone while gathering her bags and running for the exit. I think she did it in the end, but to be honest she had already left by the time it would have gone up.”
Later reports confirmed that the passenger did manage to ‘check into’ the lounge on Facebook without missing her flight, but didn’t have enough time to add her usual comment such as ‘Here we are again’ or ‘Jet set, moi?’
The news comes just three weeks after an Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi was forced to turn around shortly after take off when a woman in business class realised that she hadn’t updated her FourSquare account from the lounge. Aviation authorities are now urging all airlines to issue reminders in their business and first class facilities.
April 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm
That’s exactly why I always go by chartered plane. Avoids the trouble caused by these semi-pros.
April 13, 2014 at 9:14 am
Lucky she eventually got it up. What if her friends had assumed she’d flown economy. Like cattle. She’d never get invited anywhere in Dubai again.
Black with a twist
April 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm
April 13, 2014 at 10:15 am
That is so me!
April 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm
And you find this something to brag about? I think u’re just spoiled and deserve to sit in Cargo!
April 14, 2014 at 11:46 am
Why would you assume they’re spoiled? Maybe they just have a good job and can afford such things! If you can’t then I would suggest you spend more time working towards a promotion and less time being a keyboard warrior!
April 16, 2014 at 5:39 am
If you sit in first and you belong there, there is nothing to brag about. It you brag about it you clearly don’t belong there.
April 13, 2014 at 11:27 am
I can’t afford lounges…one less app to update I guess! :/
April 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm
This is so pathetic
April 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm
Haha brilliant! God bless her memory! Otherwise would be another delayed flight:p
April 13, 2014 at 7:33 pm
Lounge is so circa 2013. I update using wifi from 30,000 feet while sipping a champagne in the 380 lounge after my first class shower or sometimes just shower in the champagne..
April 14, 2014 at 10:13 am
Really, you bragging about a 5min shower? 😛
April 14, 2014 at 3:48 am
Who Cares if you check in to a lounge or not. What a bunch of spruckers who probably have their company pay for the privilege anyway.
April 14, 2014 at 6:41 am
What shallow spoilt people you all are
April 14, 2014 at 7:53 am
Why on earth do the airlines not automatically update your facebook profile when you arrive at the business class lounge. Its just sloppy behaviour, not to mention the inconvenience that I have to put my champagne glass down to ‘check in’ on my iphone.
Sick of such 3rd world behaviour to be frank
April 14, 2014 at 9:01 am
PaulB + Anon, did you wave this joke as it flew by?
April 14, 2014 at 9:57 am
When traveling business class i always check in outside the first class lounge door before they tell me to leave. Cant let people know that the rent hike has let my standards slip.
April 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm
Get a life! I don’t think any Airline would turn around for someone to update his/her status on foursquare! If that would have happened in a flight I was traveling I would sue the airline!
April 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm
I always have my people do this sort of thing for me. One can’t be expected to muck up one’s manicure by tapping on a phone.
April 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm
You do know this is a satirical article – I hope.
January 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm
April 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm
This is so strange
April 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm
Clearly there are far too many folk who’ve had the sense-of-humour-bypass operation!!
April 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm
April 15, 2014 at 12:16 am
It’s a bit of fun, people!
April 15, 2014 at 12:49 am
Horrible … couldn’t imagine not having to time to post a photo of my glass of champagne.
The Prince of Awesome
April 15, 2014 at 2:13 am
How cute, they think it’s Monaco.
April 15, 2014 at 4:40 am
I prefer to await my own personalised boarding call before checking in.
April 15, 2014 at 6:40 am
I check in whilst the stewardess prepares my shisha onboard the A380 dedicated shisha lounge. I do wish they would work on the ventilation issues though as it is getting increasingly difficult to see my screen through the accumulated smoke.
April 15, 2014 at 6:46 am
I am not sure what is funnier, the article or the fact some people cant see the humour, donte be so serious.
April 15, 2014 at 6:58 am
I have this problem all the time! This is why I check in to my foursquare upon entering all VIP lounges right when i enter and before I pick up my champagne.
April 15, 2014 at 9:38 am
Feeding another fat hog what a waste!!!
April 16, 2014 at 12:03 am
So good and ripe this one !
April 16, 2014 at 8:26 am
Surely, the logical thing would be to allow a Social Media ‘check-in’ to count as an official flight ‘check-in’. Saves any last minute airport emergencies like this.
jocelyn englund (@jawss)
April 16, 2014 at 9:49 am
this is why i have an app that autochecks me in to places i frequently visit..
April 17, 2014 at 8:11 am
Irony is totally wasted on some people! (LOL)
April 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm
Commercial air travel is so passé. Private jets are just so much more convenient and you don’t have to be with 300 people you don’t know .
January 11, 2018 at 9:06 am
So correct Mr B.
April 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm
Guilty as charged your honour….of course any update has to include some mention of the cocktail you are drinking…obviously!
April 20, 2014 at 11:15 am
I’ve flown across the universe on Fireball XL5!
April 23, 2014 at 9:13 pm
You people don’t have anything better to do
April 24, 2014 at 11:53 am
I hope this is a stern wake up call to R.Branson et al.
With all the other worries and trepidations that come with air travel, Virgin staff should surely be checking up on these kinds of things for their high paying customers?!
I find it hard to believe that no formal apology was issued from the airline for their negligence in allowing this woman’s status to almost go un-posted.
I certainly will think twice about flying with them in the future if they allow things such as this to occur.
April 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm
get a friggin’ life!!
April 25, 2014 at 8:13 am
I prefer steerage. Too much tasteless gold trim and too many vacuous fools up front.
June 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm
Wow, some people don’t realise this is satire.
June 16, 2014 at 5:59 am
Sadly this article does reflect a couple of people I know who do check in at almost every available opportunity when at an airport and they nearly always show the freebie glass of champagne.
June 16, 2014 at 9:40 am
I cant believe someone would make an entire AIRPLANE turn around just so they can update there picture on four square , it’s not like we even care. Alot of people these days only think of themselves and there Image and don’t care about anyone else
June 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm
The airport also has freight terminal, control tower, two hangars and service buildings for power and water supply. Passenger services at the airport include VP/VIP, business and first class lounges, canteens, post office and banks.
January 3, 2015 at 5:20 pm
This is whaT we called kiasu behavior!
January 4, 2015 at 5:16 am
January 4, 2015 at 5:17 am
January 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm
You can’t get in to Blue Marlin if you don’t check in on Facebook. a lot of places in Dubai are applying this rule. In my opinion its great, this will help me with my stalking/jealousy problems.
January 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm
what the actually f**k searsously is this where the human race is now
January 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm
Spoiled stupid cow! Why is it so important to check in on Facebook? She must have been a teenage girl or an upstart.
January 13, 2015 at 3:00 am
ummmm, did everyone here forget the satire module in English class?
January 14, 2015 at 11:08 pm
January 15, 2015 at 10:07 am
Funny comments, love how some just dont get it! Btw i am on a flight now, but its delayed so i can’t do my wifi checkin just yet. So annoying, i’ll be late for my checkin, screw the meeting.
January 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm
Speak your brains???? This woman had brains??? Virgin crew have brains? And about Dubai lounge staff speaking their brains…i thought gates closed 20 minutes before a flight! Obviously she wasnt from our motherland! Nuff said
January 18, 2015 at 3:05 pm
I prefer astral travel myself – no check in required – the universe knows where I am (I hope!)
January 22, 2015 at 10:29 pm
Wasn’t this democracy day? Reading this- from the original ironic quip to bring out quite a lot of inane and angry comments shows that democracy actually can’t work.
There are far too many stupid people to let everyone have an equally qualified vote
On the flip side – there are far too few decent people up for election in whom to trust our future.
And the world economy needs to flat line. Because there is one Earth. And unless the capitalists and economists and neocons have not noticed – Guys – we can’t use money to make it any bigger, and we have no where else to go…. ( although – be my guest if you think otherwise)
January 11, 2018 at 8:51 am
I love watching Business Class disembark, they usually get pickup up by cousin Vinny in something like 2007 Corsa for the lift home to Brooklands or Reddish 🙂