Apparently the classic Hitler clip with the Southwest Airlines storyline has now disappeared from YouTube. I’ve been told by several folks that there was apparently a full-fledged effort by certain entities to find out who did it and get it removed from the public air space.
Whatever the reason — I’d bet on the new TA between the pilots and management– the video is gone.
Hey, I want a copy. It needs to go in the archives.
As one reader wrote this morning, “Alas, the stunningly funny video is no longer available on YouTube… Any chance you downloaded a copy and can email to me? Something this much of a classic must be saved for posterity…. Thanks…”
Okay — a one-year complimentary subscription to PlaneBusiness Banter is on the line. I know somebody out there has one. So — give it up!
hhegeman at planebusiness.com is the email address.
Maybe this was not a good time for Southwest Airlines to throw a big $49 sale.
I am traveling to Austin the week after next where I will be giving the luncheon keynote address at this year’s The BeatLIVE Conference. More on the conference this week.
Anyway, I have to get there. So I just went to make a reservation on Southwest’s brand new website.
I tried three times.
Very odd payment processing problems. After two attempts to pay by credit card failed, I tried to pay by PayPal.
When I did that, things really got strange, as the card information that was brought up was OLD PayPal account and card information. I mean, I’ve changed this information in the last two months. I’ve used PayPal in the last week and it had all the new information keyed in with the right account and address information.
So where did the old information come from?
Was this actually stored on some server at Southwest? Dunno. But it was kind of unsettling.
Against my better judgment, I then re-entered and changed all the information, although the whole process didn’t seem right to me.
Didn’t matter. When I tried to purchase the ticket, I got the same error message.
Guess I’ll just have to call the number they gave me to call and do it the old fashioned way.
Thanks to all of you who have been attempting to get me to comment this week on any number of goings-on in the airline industry.
But, I am happy to say — I resisted.
No, I said, I am on vacation, and damn it, I am going to stay offline. Until Tuesday.
And what got me to finally break my silence? Something wickedly funny. Of course.
Most of you probably saw the recent YouTube effort in which some enterprising Boeing employee ( I would bet) did a take off on Boeing’s continued delays with the 787. The video used? A now-familiar clip from a recent Hitler made-for-television movie that seems tailor-made for such antics. In fact, there are scores of these parodies now on YouTube, including one dealing with Brett Favre’s sign-up with the Vikings. I know. Just one of those things that seems to be tailor-made for mischief.
This week das Fuhrer has made yet another appearance.
But this time it appears that a Southwest Airlines’ pilot is the one responsible for the sub-titles. And Southwest’s CEO Gary Kelly is the one barking out German invectives to his underlings.
I’ve had more than a handful of you inquire as to whether moi had anything to do with this. I think the reason is because there are some very “inside” management barbs in this new satire. So I guess the assumption is that this was something right up my alley.
But I am here to say — I am completely innocent.
That is not to say that I didn’t chuckle out loud more than once when I watched it, though. (Yeah, you know Business Select takes a hit in here, along with…..”It’s ON!”) But I think I may have laughed the loudest at the “deck party” comment.
Not sure some folks over on Denton Drive are going to be too amused, however. This one hits just a little too close to home. On more than one front.
Serious stuff? Oh of course there has been a lot of serious stuff going on in the industry this past week — including headline-grabbing FAA interventions with both American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. I mean, if this continues, the FAA should just move their headquarters to Dallas, don’t you think?
And yes, Southwest, when not feverishly repairing aircraft this week, also announced a new “fee” for passengers. I’ll be talking about this news this next week, along with a whole lot more. When my vacation finally ends on Tuesday.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend everyone. Tennis in the greatest city in the world, college football at a stadium near you, and cooler temps almost everywhere.
Life simply doesn’t get any better than this. Get out there and enjoy it.