Well, this confirms my suspicions when it comes to my passenger status on your Boeing planes! I’m really just a sack of potatoes to you. I am deeply hurt.
There was Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News fame with shocking pictures and commentary a little over a week ago when the news of your SPUDS project leaked to the press. Well, this is one passenger who is not going down with her seat belt buckled.
While I am happy to learn you’re working to improve wireless signals in your cabins (it’s about time), I am sorely disappointed you failed to consider the ramifications of handling your research with such blatant disregard for human dignity, much less your customers. No wonder your wireless networks drop signals like a hot potato! Earth to Boeing! No way, no how potatoes should ever take the place of people!
Did you not think your customers would learn of your disregard for the very people that are the meat and potatoes of your success; or did you just not think? And to think you’re a Chicago-based firm; a neighbor, a friend, someone I thought I could trust. Obviously I’m just small fries when it comes to your need to succeed.
With all the unemployment out there, didn’t you think real people (unlike those potato heads you employ for engineers) might have welcomed the chance to earn their keep? I know; you professed concern over the long hours of testing, day after day, with passengers sitting motionless in a plane in the middle of the Arizona desert while those potato heads conducted their tests.
I, for one, would have welcomed the chance to get paid to sleep hours on end, day after day; no potty breaks required, no lunch; just sleep. We’re a nation of sleep deprived. You could have put a dent in those numbers, as well as unemployment, had you considered using people to conduct your research rather than potatoes. Earth to Boeing! The International Year of the Potato was in 2008! Put potatoes back on the menu where they belong, not in the passenger seats of your planes.
And if memory serves me (not much serving when I’m so sleep deprived), your testing was conducted for future use on a number of your planes, one of which is your 787 Dreamliner. Duh! I think your potato heads were asleep at the wheel with this experiment.
Hypocrites! You and your spuddies are all hypocrites. The proof isn’t in the pudding; the proof is in all those potatoes! Ever since NASA took potatoes into space in 1995 you’ve been itching for some press of your own. Never mind it’s bad press, or that your test plane never left the ground with all those spuds on board.
I don’t care how you peel it, slice it, cook it or mash it; it’s still a potato, 80% water, 20% solids. Potatoes belong on the menu, at the very least on a couch, but not on a seat in an airplane. Regardless the similarities in water content and chemistry that suggest people absorb and reflect radio-wave frequencies like a potato, how could you!?
I am deeply offended you would in any way liken me to a sack of potatoes, particularly given I'm allergic to potatoes!
From One Hot Potato,