US Airways' Social Media Team Had a VERY Bad Day

3 years ago

US Airways committed the blunder of all Twitter blunders today, when someone on its social media team tweeted something inappropriate. I don't even know if I can tell you what it was, because my mother-in-law tells me not to share anything on the Internet that I wouldn't tell my grandma. And I simply cannot imagine telling my grandmother that US Airways tweeted a photo of a model airplane in a vagina. I can't imagine telling her that. Then again, she called to tell me when she read Fifty Shades of Grey, so maybe this would be payback. Whatever the case: No one is having a worse day than US Airways' social media and PR teams are right now.

Credit: neilarmstrong2.

Our editorial team was in a meeting when the tweet went down, or up, or... sideways, as it were. As I was telling my bosses about the tweet, they made the mistake of Googling it to look for the tweet that has since been taken down. Bad choice, bosses. Why? SO VERY NSFW.


— Danielle C (@dchillysauce) April 14, 2014

And then the jokes started flying—SEE WHAT I DID THERE?—and didn't stop.

I think US Airways took the term "landing strip" a little too literally.

— Brandon Gallawa (@meshuggadaddy) April 14, 2014

It's been *minutes*, people. Why am I not seeing a US Airways parody account all over this timeline yet?

— Dr Brooke Magnanti (@bmagnanti) April 14, 2014

Talk about the bermuda triangle. #usairways

— Stephanie Buck (@StephMBuck) April 14, 2014

Looks like CNN has a new plane to cover.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) April 14, 2014

Flight stimulator. #usairways

— Scott Michalak (@ScottyMCSS) April 14, 2014

If that's what an airplane does, can my rental car be a Rabbit? #USAirwaysquestions

— Fulana de Tal (@soulamami) April 14, 2014

this is the twitter i like. weird, carefree, airplanes in vaginas. the good ol days are back

— Brokey McPoverty (@brokeymcpoverty) April 14, 2014

And with that, porn from #USAirways usurped the #Pulitzer winners. Wow.

— Christina Warren (@film_girl) April 14, 2014

USAirways next merger probably won't be with Virgin... #HeyO

— Tommy (@pinestock) April 14, 2014

Anyone want to buy my USAirways miles? Looks they've added new routes.

— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) April 14, 2014

IMO, all @USAirways fees should now be $69

— EastDerp Bunny (@Pile_of_Derp) April 14, 2014

I think the ✈️ emoji is forever ruined... Thanks @USAirways #usairways

— Dan Hall ✈ (@danhall1984) April 15, 2014

Worst American Apparel ad ever #usairways

— Eliza Bayne (@ElizaBayne) April 14, 2014

The #USAirways social media staff right now probably:

— Will Thompson (@thrillis4) April 14, 2014

US Airways apologized for the tweet after they removed it, claiming they would be investigating. I'd like to be a fly on that wall. I mean, how does this happen? AND WHY DID THAT PICTURE EXIST ANYWAY?

Now excuse me—I have to go read more jokes on Twitter.


BlogHer Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog.

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