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"Final Call For Mr. Al Qaeda And Mr. Terrorist"  
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13735 posts, RR: 19
Posted (7 years 8 months 6 days ago) and read 15291 times:




...Sydney Airport on Wednesday which saw Virgin Blue staff make a "final boarding call" announcement for five late passengers, including one which sounded suspiciously like Mr Al Qaeda and another which sounded like Mr Terrorist.

The satirical show's executive producer, Julian Morrow, said two tickets were booked online under the names "Mr Al Kyder" and "Mr Terry Wrist" for an 8.30am Virgin Blue flight from Sydney to Melbourne.

"Good morning ladies and gentleman," the announcement said. "This is the final boarding call for [name withheld], [name withheld], Al Kyder, [name withheld], and Terry Wrist, all travelling to Melbourne today on Virgin Blue flight 822."

Virgin Blue described The Chaser's stunt as "childish humour" but said security was never at risk.

More from the Sydney Morning Herald




Hilarious video here




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User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3197 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days ago) and read 15217 times:

lol, well childish yes, but never the less funny.

Imagine if this was done in LAX? The TSA would have gone apeshit and probably arrested about 100 people, and i wouldn't be surprised if there were some calling for the airspace or the airport to be closed until further investigation. And notice what happened in Australia? Virgin Blue basically said "yeah very funny...we still got your bloody money".


User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14971 times:

So, it's that easy to buy a ticket get a boarding pass and sit in the waiting area at the gate (meaning get through security) without showing proper ID? Somebody can be one distracted attendant away from boarding an Australian domestic flight? And despite the fact that this is a criminal offense, it is laughed off? You're right...so much wiser than those stupid Americans...


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User currently offlineJj From Algeria, joined Jun 2001, 1227 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14933 times:

Quoting Cwapilot (Reply 2):
this is a criminal offense

I'm sorry but I fail to see how this can be a criminal offense... If they paid for the tickets, how can the name of a "person" be a criminal offense?

The video is so funny!


User currently offlineMANYQB From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14918 times:

While I appreciate the seriousness of the 'prank', it brought to mind an email I got some years ago, about some people who had announcements made for middle-eastern passengers at Heathrow and Gatwick. The announcements included names that sounded like 'my colleague just farted'... i wish I still had it, as it appeals to my childish humour  Smile
Paul



One good turn takes the cover...
User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14918 times:

Watch the funny video and notice the red Virgin sign that says such a thing will be criminally prosecuted.

The video was entertaining, in a "call the bar and ask for Mike Hunt or Hugh G. Rection" sort of way. However, I was referring to the arrogant comments left by the second poster. However, how they were able to succeed with this gag given today's security climate is rather troubling when you think about it. They got to the boarding gate with a boarding pass with no proper ID.



Southside Irish...our two teams are the White Sox and whoever plays the Cubs!
User currently offlinePeterinlisbon From Portugal, joined Jan 2006, 396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 14783 times:

They wouldn't have needed to go through security or even go to the airport. They could have just checked in online. Although maybe they bought other tickets with their real names in order to be there to hear the announcements.

User currently offlineTWAL1011727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 14668 times:

Thats in the same boat as a girl/woman getting on the high school PA and saying "has anybody seen Mike Hunt." Or reading the name in a text book that says Dick Hurtz and saying in a puzzled voice "Who's Dick Hurtz?" There are plenty more out there.

KD


User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 14604 times:

The video showed them using an express kiosk for check in, so they wouldn't have had to show ID then except possibly at security.

As Peter said they probably checked in under their own names too to be in the departure lounge, so that got them through security.

And they didn't make any jokes about security, they just had bloody funny names - last I heard that wasn't a criminal offence!!

Freaking hilarious though - you could even see the gate agent crack a smile when she read out "Al Kyda"!!


User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 14590 times:

LOL.. Pretty funny if you ask me.

User currently offlineAIRCANL1011 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 262 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14534 times:

After everything that is going on lately it is refreshing to see the lighter side of things.

A joke is a joke and no one was getting hurt in anyway

 bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14509 times:

It reminds of the classic Airport Announcement Prank that was emailed around several years ago. Hilarious!!

User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14509 times:

Quoting MANYQB (Reply 4):
announcements included names that sounded like 'my colleague just farted'...

... you mean these...

Foreign Name
Sounds Like

Arheddis Varkenjaab and Aywellbe Fayed
I hate this fucking job, and I will be fired

Arhevbin Fayed and Bybeiev Rhibodie
I‘ve just been fired, and bye-bye everybody

Aynayda Pizaqvick and Malexa Kriest
I need a piss quick, and my legs are crossed

Awul Dasfilshabeda and Nowaynayda Zheet
Oo-ah, that ‘ s better and now I need a shit

Makollig Jezvahted and Levdaroum DeBahzted
My colleague just farted, and left the room, the bastard

Steelaygot Maowenbach and Tuka Piziniztee
Still, I got my own back and took a piss in his tea



Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.
User currently offlineMANYQB From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14339 times:

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 12):
you mean these...

Foreign Name
Sounds Like

Arheddis Varkenjaab and Aywellbe Fayed
I hate this fucking job, and I will be fired



Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 11):
Airport Announcement Prank

That's the one... Thanks Big grin

Paul



One good turn takes the cover...
User currently offlineRAPCON From Puerto Rico, joined Jul 2006, 671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14309 times:

Quoting AIRCANL1011 (Reply 10):
A joke is a joke and no one was getting hurt in anyway

...the only pain was a few hundred $$ that the tv producers had to shell for the tixs. Harmless prank and it did not involve any security snafus.

Classic!



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User currently offlineCoiah756ca From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 506 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13995 times:

thats pretty funny. Some names in this world are just funny or related to other things..


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User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1207 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13582 times:

Quoting Cwapilot (Reply 5):
However, how they were able to succeed with this gag given today's security climate is rather troubling when you think about it. They got to the boarding gate with a boarding pass with no proper ID.

I imagine its the same in Australia as it is in the UK in that you only need a boarding pass to go through security and not any form of ID. That is supposed to be checked at the boarding gate (but actually often isn't).

Hence it is not troubling at all, thats just the way it works in many countries outside the US.



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User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13532 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 11):
t reminds of the classic Airport Announcement Prank that was emailed around several years ago. Hilarious!!

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Those announcements are hilarious.


User currently offlineCusaeng From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13442 times:

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 12):
Aynayda Pizaqvick and Malexa Kriest
I need a piss quick, and my legs are crossed

i sure did after nearly wetting my pants watching that vid and listening to the audio clips !!!



I wanna fly but they wont let me :( grr
User currently offlineMeanGreen From United States of America, joined May 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13220 times:

I don't understand how they got the boarding passes using the kiosk. Don't you need a credit card to pull up the PNR? If they made up the names then how did they access the PNR since they obviously didn't have cards with those names on them?

User currently offlineN702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12601 times:

Couldnt this person/people have checked in online and never even gone through security and to the gate area....

Heck they could have checked in online and never even gone to the airport.

The airline would still show them checked in and page for them.


User currently offlineJumpseatflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12571 times:

Quoting MeanGreen (Reply 19):
If they made up the names then how did they access the PNR since they obviously didn't have cards with those names on them?

They didn't, but you can use your card to book tickets in other names. It's like booking a ticket for a child travelling alone. Although there may be some scrutiny of that policy after this.

Definitely in good humor.


User currently offlineScanorama From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12547 times:

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 16):
I imagine its the same in Australia as it is in the UK in that you only need a boarding pass to go through security and not any form of ID. That is supposed to be checked at the boarding gate (but actually often isn't).

Hence it is not troubling at all, thats just the way it works in many countries outside the US.

Over here, you don't need a boarding pass to pass through security in domestic terminals. As long as you pass the security screen point, then you can proceed straight to the gate. The boarding pass will only be checked when you board the flight.


User currently offlineAY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 12325 times:

That's why I enjoy the Australian and British sense of humor so much, as opposed to North America. They can always find a sense of humor in any situation, no matter how bad. That's a generalization, of course, but especially Australians I find much more laid back. When I worked for Delta, and we had a delay, found the Australians in general much easier to deal with: "Well, it's not the end of the world mate, maybe now we will see another part of the US we didn't think we'd get to see!" etc.
Checking in the same flight to Atlanta one day, I had 2 separate families, one Australian and one American. In both cases, their holidays had been disrupted by delayed baggage. The Americans said: "Delta spoiled our holiday by delaying our baggage, we had to waste a whole day shopping". The Australians said: "It's OK mate, it was hot and we got to run around in our undies. Anyway, we got to spend an extra day here, because we decided to wait for the bags, and we had a great time". The American family were given a refund check by me, thanks to Delta's great empowerment policy, I didn't have to get it sent to them, or run around looking for a supervisor etc. etc. The Australians, I rebooked via an extra city, so they could spend some time there, and they were very happy. The ended up giving me their address in Sydney, and when I went over there in March this year we hooked up and had a lot of laughs. We each made new friends.
I realize these are just 2 situations, and yes, it could have happened the other way around. What gets me is the attitude: Delta did not spoil their holiday for them, they permitted a difficult situation to let it spoil their holiday. By the way, it not all the luggage was lost, just one suitcase. Even the 2 bratty kids, who were just as obese as the parents, stared daggers at me while I was preparing things for them, as though I had a part in it too. I might add, the four of them were on F-Class mileage tickets.
Don't get me wrong, this is one of few bad incidents I remember, most of my years with the airlines were very memorable in a positive way. I made friends with a lot of passengers, enjoyed meeting the regulars and helping where I could. I sat beside a lot of frequent flyers, in both first and coach, and spent many delightful hours engaged in stimulating conversation. In the end it was all good.
Cheers,
AY104



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 12219 times:

Australians do have a certain 'no worries' attitude and seem to have few problems with making fun of the sillness of their world and the world in general. No foul langage was used, it was quite obious to be a prank and no one apparently boarded the flight under those names. I would agree that the timing of the joke may have been poor, but sometimes we need to prove how stupid our way of life has become where we are slaves to computers and few human contacts.
I would agree that as in the USA and many other countries, they should check the boarding passes at security checkpoints against appropiate ID documents (passport, drivers license, national ID cards) not only for necessary security reasons, but also to prevent resale of tickets to those trying to save money by buying tickets from someone else.


25 Lufthansa : anybody who passes through security can get into the domestic depature area... with or without a boarding pass. Basically they just need to ensure th
26 SkyHigh777 : In South Africa I went through security many times and they did not check my ID once, not even at the gate to board this airplane. This was the case f
27 Copenhagenboy : I sure like Australians, last time in Koh Chang me and by boyfriend m/m, had so much fun with the couple, man and girl, in the bungalow besides us. Wh
28 FlyingKangaroo : Haha this was on the Chaser's War on Everything last night (Friday). As many people have said, in Australia anyone can go through security all the way
29 VHVXB : Do you know anything about Australian laws. How does this count as a Criminal offence??
30 VC-10 : You are looking at it with the benifit of hindsight. Put yourself there on the day with the pressures of the job where you probably have to make PA's
31 Qantas787 : Mate, if you really think that you should get out abit more.
32 Enzedder : simply excellent! enzedder
33 Post contains images M180up : Good joke!!! Given the moments is better make fun of the situation than being scared!! It made me laugh a lot Wish everyone could take the situation n
34 Post contains images Azza40 : Does anyone still have that? Aaron
35 VHVXB : Yeah they can be found on Ebaumsworld
36 A390 : Many year ago we had a passenger missing at the boarding gate and had to page for him and make announcements in the entire passenger terminal five tim
37 Bh4007 : Reminds me of how some airport staff in the UK say "f**K you" to the passengers but pronounce it so it sounds like "far queue". Hilarious to hear.
38 Post contains images LTBEWR : Were they clear plastic bags? Please, with the way things are going as to security issues, that may become the way we will all have to dress on an ai
39 CX777Fan : Cwapilot: Lighten up mate! This was a totally harmless TV stunt by a team of well known comedians. The Chaser is possibly the funniest show on Austral
40 VHVXB : Well explained. You couldn't have said it any better.
41 Lufthansa : CWApilot, have you ever been to Australia? Where did I or anybody else suggest we (and I AM AUSTRALIAN) are so much better then those stupid american
42 KSUpilot : So The Chaser is somewhat like the Australian version of our Jackass. (Except it went off the air, though I movie is coming out soon) Sounds like sim
43 CX777Fan : The Chaser, like much comedy in Australia tends mostly towards irreverent topical and political satire - as shown by the silly names and plastic bag s
44 KSUpilot : I wish we had a show like that here, sounds interesting and funny. Jackass is more like gross out humour and taking pain for no reason. I guess the cl
45 Yulguy : Good on the Australians for poking fun at the mass hysteria that has gripped much of the West. The U.S. and British governments can issue all the oran
46 AirPacific747 : I agree.. lame joke.
47 Findigenous : Yeah, if this this kind of stuff akes you laugh it just goes to show how a lot of you smoothly switch between Anet aviation "experts" and being childi
48 Post contains links N911ME : There's also a classic SNL sketch with Robert Deniro done a few years ago where he is supposed to be a spokesman for TSA or DHS and he's reading off s
49 Lamedianaranja : I never page any passengers who have no luggage checked in. If they don't show up it's their problem, not the flight's because there are no bags to u
50 Post contains images HAWK21M : Wrong time to Joke regds MEL
51 DeC : Yeah, otherwise they would need to show an identification document.
52 DeC : Excellent post my friend, because yeah, it’s a wholly different thing to be logically alert and have firm and resulting security measures than to b
53 Turkee : Hilarious video. As other Aussies here have confirmed, you can make it all the way to the boarding gate for a domestic Australian flight without a boa
54 BandA : " target=_blank>http://www.gorillamask.net/denirosnl...shtml I almost died laughing... THOSE NAMES!!!! and Robert Deniro... HILARIOUS!!!
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