Viral plane videos are all the rage these days, thanks to an incident onboard a United Airlines flight last month that left a man broken and bloodied—and also resulted in a Twitter video of the incident that received thousands of retweets! Sharing airplane nightmares is an increasingly popular form of catharsis. And to aid you on your journey to internet fame (and potential payout), the NY Post has helpfully compiled some tips for making your next flight viral. Yes, really. Bear witness:
It is entirely unclear whether the above video is a parody or not. On the one hand, it seems kind of insane that a news outlet would overlay the sentence "YOU NEVER KNOW IF YOUR FLIGHT WILL BECOME THE NEXT VIRAL SENSATION" atop videos identifying a real problem in which airlines routinely treat human beings like ambulatory bags of money. Speaking of which, it's only a matter of time before airlines start adding a surcharge for viral upgrades.
On the other hand, some of these tips—like that it's totally legal to film someone or something in a public place provided it does not interfere with legitimate law enforcement activity—are not just useful but actually important information, considering how cell phone video has impacted the push for police reform. Plus, you really should film video horizontally, particularly before sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other plane-related news, today The Economist published a take on why putting rich people in their own terminals instead of sticking them in with the poors is a good idea. This, according to The Economist, is because plebians apparently become enraged when they see other folks hanging out in the roomier first class seats, and a separate terminal would allow first class passengers to board without being spotted by those dirty losers who can't afford to shell out thousands of dollars for a seat on a two-hour flight to Florida.
Then again, "air rage" would be far less of a problem if we made economy airline seats larger and fed all the rich people to alligators.