The last thing anyone wants on their flight is an unwanted advance from a stranger. Especially if that stranger is an inanimate object.
According to USA Today, some passengers on Delta Airlines were left feeling a little “creeped out” by Diet Coke branded napkins on recent flights.
What’s so offensive about a napkin, you might ask?
Twitter users posted photos of the so-called creepy napkins, which, in addition to a weirdly suggestive, pick-up line style tag, have a spot for passengers to write down their personal phone numbers to then pass to another passenger.
No. Just no. If this was a Valentine’s Day ad campaign, they definitely missed the mark.
One side of the napkin tells passengers “because you’re on a plane full of interesting people…hey, you never know,” while the back (the side with spots for your name and number) encourages passengers to “be a little old school.”
Granted, in a society that defaults to social media and apps to get a date, it can be discouraging for single people out there. In fact, there’s even an app for finding a date on your flight. But we’re not sold on the idea of people carelessly handing out their numbers to strangers as being “old school” and romantic, especially 30,000 feet in the air.
As one Twitter user put it, “Pretty sure no one appreciated unsolicited phone numbers in the ‘good old days’ and they sure as heck don’t want the number of someone who has been gawking at them on a plane for hours today.”
But luckily, both companies involved heard passengers’ feedback loud and clear. Coca Cola said in a statement to the Washington Post, “We sincerely apologize to anyone we may have offended.”
“We rotate Coke products regularly as part of our brand partnership, but missed the mark with this one,” Delta said in a statement to The Washington Post and USA Today.
The napkins are being replaced with other designs.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Delta has been committed to “helping” people find love. In 2017, the airline launched a “Tinder Wall” with exotic travel backgrounds to help people take better pictures for their dating profiles.