Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola have apologised for handing out napkins some people have described as ‘creepy’.
The Diet Coke branded napkins encouraged passengers to make a move on their ‘plane crush’, and were handed out on Delta Air Lines’ flights.
Understandably, the passengers were left unimpressed by the napkins, which left space for people to write down their name and phone number.
The message on the napkins read:
Because you’re on a plane full of interesting people and hey… you never know.
Be a little old school. Write down your number and give it to your plane crush. You never know…
Passengers took photos of the napkins and shared them on social media, criticising both Delta and Coca-Cola, also calling for them to be removed immediately.
Twitter user ‘ducksauz’ wrote:
Hey Delta and Coca-Cola. These napkins are creepy AF. 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.
Not a good look.
Hey @Delta and @CocaCola These napkins are creepy AF. 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. Not a good look. pic.twitter.com/PJAiurFRMh
— ducksauz (@ducksauz) January 21, 2019
Another person, by the name of ‘Mike J’ agreed, tweeting:
Napkins received from Delta on Wednesday flight seem unintentionally creepy, especially after reading the smaller print.
Swing and a miss, Diet Coke.
— Mike J (@MJJoe) February 1, 2019
After hearing the criticism, both companies have now apologised, recognising the idea didn’t work.
Delta confirmed to INSIDER they’ve removed the napkins stating:
We rotate Coke products regularly as part of our brand partnership, but missed the mark with this one.
We are sorry for that and began removing the napkins from our aircraft in January.
A spokesperson for Coca-Cola added:
We sincerely apologise to anyone we may have offended.We worked with our partners at Delta to begin removing the napkins last month and are replacing them with other designs.
Maybe next time, the napkins should be kept ‘plane’ instead.
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