‘Flop era’: TikTok can’t get enough of Boeing jokes, but not everybody is laughing

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Apr 01, 2024, 02:00 PM

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Apr 01, 2024, 02:00 PM

UNITED STATES – One would-be passenger pretended to pack his carry-on bag with tools, in case he needed to make an in-flight repair. Another compared the mere act of boarding a commercial flight to the hare-brained, death-defying stunts featured on American reality-comedy series Jackass (2000 to 2001).

“Pray for me, I will have my seatbelt on the entire time,” reads the caption of one TikTok video recorded by an airline passenger as she awaited take-off. The reason for her concern: Her seat was in the exit row of a Boeing 737 Max.

On TikTok and X (formerly Twitter), users have been sharing videos and memes poking fun at Boeing, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial jetliners – several of which have figured in headline-making incidents in recent weeks.

Last week, the company announced that its chief executive Dave Calhoun would be stepping down at the end of 2024, capping off a tumultuous tenure that has included groundings, Covid-19-related disruptions and a dramatic door-panel blowout.

Although no injuries have been reported as a result of the recent issues, irreverence is the lingua franca of social media, and a rash of alarming headlines has proved more than enough to get some to set their sights on what has been jokingly called Boeing’s “flop era”.

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