An aborted takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport tonight led to an evacuation of 149 passengers and five crew members. One passengers elected to post a selfie on Twitter just moments after evacuating the US Airways A320 aircraft with a “so yup” quip. Was this in good taste?
At first impression, it appears extremely tawdry that anyone would post such a picture. Even setting aside the fact that no one was injured (at least based on initial reports), the aborted landing appears to have caused costly damage to the aircraft and resulted in a temporary shutdown of PHL airport, burdening thousands of travellers. Hardy seems like the time for a smug look on Twitter.
But I am going to cut “Skip” some slack. Her first Twitter post after the incident was “so my plane just crashed…” with a picture of the aircraft.
Looking at that picture, you would think the damage would be much worse than it actually was and she received many tweets asking if she was onboard. Thus, I view her second tweet (above) more as evidence that she was onboard and safe rather than simply a jejune ploy for attention.
What do you think? Are there any limits left in a world of 24/7 social media?