Pilot Writes Up Slow Aircraft Wifi: Can’t Check Facebook or Download Porn

This is making the rounds, it was sent to me by 3 people today. I can’t imagine it’s real, but it appears legitimate and I want it to be real.

An Etihad pilot writes up wifi service from their July 19 Abu Dhabi – Washington Dulles Boeing 787 flight for “poor connectivity in flight deck. Unable to view: Facebook.. Tinder.. Youporn/Redtube”

It’s good to know that pilots’ interests are aligned with passengers, agitating for better inflight wifi!

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Comments

  1. Most of those sites are blocked by UAE ISPs anyway. If he attempted to access those from inside the UAE without a VPN, he could wind up in jail. I highly doubt any UAE resident would be stupid enough to actually write this up.

  2. I have used FB on EK with no issues. I have also had slow WIFI

    now don’t you think the pilot is well aware of the “do’s and don’ts of being in UAE ??

  3. I order to use tinder, location service has to be available, therefore airplane mode has to be turned off. Pilots violated aviation laws?

  4. Seems to me that a few people are missing the joke. The last item on the list is “Co. email” – the pilot just added the others to set up the punchline. The in-flight WiFi is useless for him to access his corporate email account – which one presumes he is expected to do – and, to make matters worse, he can’t use it to have fun either.

    In his shoes, I probably would have written my complaint in almost the same way, and would have been equally disappointed by the response.

  5. This photo is most likely part of the ongoing black ops PR campaign by the Airline Pilots Association and Airlines for America against Etihad and Emirates. They have hired numerous outside public relations firms with expertise in dirty tricks.

    It will be interesting to see whether Gary Leff will disavow receiving payment from an outside source for publishing this post on a widely read travel website.

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