For every story of people finding their perfect match miles above the Earth’s surface, there are countless (and we do mean countless), stories of sexual assault and uncomfortable situations that can occur midflight.
Nevertheless, Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines decided to hand out napkins encouraging passengers to give out their phone numbers to fellow fliers after the complimentary drinks were served. Both Coca-Cola and Delta are now apologizing for this marketing mistake.
“Be a little old school. Write down your number and give it to your plane crush. You never know…” one napkin read.
“Because you’re on a plane full of interesting people and hey … you never know,” another read, leaving space to write down a name and number.
Hey @Delta and @CocaCola These napkins are creepy AF. Pretty sure no one appreciated unsolicited phone numbers in the ‘good old days’ and they sure as heck don’t want the number of someone who has been gawking at them on a plane for hours today. Not a good look. pic.twitter.com/PJAiurFRMh
— ducksauz (@ducksauz) January 21, 2019
The napkins, a collaboration between Delta and Diet Coke on U.S. flights, did not end in romance, given that many social media users pronounced them “creepy.”
— Mike J (@MJJoe) February 1, 2019
There’s a spot on the back to put your name and phone number to give to your “plane crush.” pic.twitter.com/f9Aje8I4Iy
— Lisa Catalano (@LMCatalano) January 31, 2019
Both the Coca-Cola company and Delta have released statements about the napkins.
Coca-Cola Co. told the Atlanta Business Chronicle: “We sincerely apologize to anyone we may have offended. We worked with our partners at Delta to begin removing the napkins last month and are replacing them with other designs.”
Meanwhile, Delta’s statement read: “We rotate Coke products regularly as part of our brand partnership, but missed the mark with this one. We are sorry for that and began removing the napkins from our aircraft in January.”
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