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Jakarta Post

Beware companies, netizens are watching you

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A screen capture from a YouTube video uploaded by Rius Vernandes depicting a handwritten menu on a business class on a Garuda Indonesia flight from Sydney, Australia to Denpasar, Indonesia.(
Riza Roidila Mufti
Jakarta   ●   Thu, July 18, 2019

One day an airline passenger bound for Denpasar from Sydney posted on Instagram an experience that caught him by surprise. Sitting in the business class of a premium airline, the flight attendants circulated a handwritten menu instead of a printed one as usual.

The man turned out to be a famous video blogger, with almost 500,000 YouTube subscribers. Instantly his post went viral, becoming one of the most discussed topics on social media.

Rius Vernandes was the man behind the gadget and was unfortunate enough to be sued by a labor union member of the airline, flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, for that one act of sharing an Instagram story. Garuda Indonesia, whose first reaction was to deny there had been a handwritten menu only to be proven wrong once Rius’ extended video footage was released, also circulated a letter discouraging passengers from taking videos or...

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