The Jakarta Post
Travelers check in at the United Airlines ticket counter at Terminal 1 in O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, United States, on Dec. 21, 2013. (AP/Nam Y. Huh)
Since United Airlines came under fire for forcefully removing a passenger after overbooking a flight, netizens have taken great joy in trolling the airline, but they are not the only ones to have done so. United’s competitors have gotten in on the banter, taking to Twitter to drop their best lines.
In response to being named TripAdvisor’s best airline in the world, Emirates Airlines tweeted a video, using the opportunity to take a jab at United.
The video begins with a quote from United's CEO, where he says he believes that “Gulf airlines aren’t airlines," before closing with a spin on United's popular slogan that read: "Fly the friendly skies... this time for real."
Fly the friendly skies with a real airline. pic.twitter.com/wE5C5n6Lvn— Emirates airline (@emirates) April 11, 2017
Turkish Airlines, on the other hand, kept it to just a tweet. When they were mentioned by Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington in a tweet that read, "Instead of involuntarily removing a passenger, Turkish Air assists in involuntary adding one,” they replied:
The first airline to join the party, Royal Jordanian, shared what at first glance seems to be a non-smoking message, with the caption, "We are here to keep you #united Dragging is strictly prohibited.” Twitter users quickly caught on, despite the non-explicit dig.
In a tweet of their own, Qatar Airways instead decided to target the ill-timed update to the United Airlines app, which now “supports drag and drop,” their caption reading “we’re united in our goal to always accommodate our passengers, even with our app updates.” (sul/kes)
We’re united in our goal to always accommodate our passengers, even with our app updates. pic.twitter.com/1K3q76qOp6— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) April 12, 2017