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Bollywood Backlash: Air India’s TV Screen Calls Passenger an Idiot

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You might not be fazed anymore by grouchy airline workers, or a surly passenger in the seat next to you. But when your in-flight system starts giving you attitude, that’s a whole new level of insult.

According to an article in the Times of India, Air India is investigating an incident on a flight from London to Mumbai in which a passenger was having some difficulties getting a movie started at her seat. According to her side of the story, she finally received a rather brazen error message: "This selection is not currently available. Please try again later," and, below that, "Lie low...Sit down you idiot!"

The passenger showed (and photographed) the message to flight crew, who, according to the news story, apologized.

A spokesperson for Air India speculated in the piece that the error message was perhaps just a hiccuped subtitle from the Hindi movie that the passenger was trying to watch. But other sources told the reporter that the offending error message could have easily been engineered by a mischievous technician on the ground. If so, we’d love to see what they can come up with next: Screen messages that belittle your taste in in-flight music? Lavatory doors that make rude noises as you open them?

Photo Credit: Alex Graham

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