I’ll be the first one to admit it, I really don’t like April Fools Day … especially when its perpetuated by legitimate news and editorial organizations, large corporations and government entities using April Fools Day to create fake news stories. The intertwining of legitimate news and gag news stories crosses the line and muddies the water of what is legitimate; there are however some exceptions that at least make me crack a smile and laugh.
This past Friday was the infamous annual day when people around the world have no idea what to believe and have a harder time selecting what is real news and fake news, so having pondered some airline and aviation April Fools gags this weekend there were some strong contenders. In the end it was whittled down to two contenders … so we’ll start with the runner up.
The runner up for the best airline and/or aviation April Fools gag goes to Canada’s WestJet. Yes the Canadian counterparts to Southwest Airlines (sort of) narrowly edged out Southwest Airlines with their hysterical faux news story that the airline would begin filling its aircraft with helium to make the planes lighter and save on fuel. WestJet’s minute-and-a-half video is hysterical … so take a moment to check it out here:
Beating out WestJet for the best April airline and/or aviation April Fools gag goes to an unlikely contender, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). On second thought the TSA might have been a likely April Fools gag contender when you factor in that they have included the “Light Saber” in their list of “Can I Bring” items for airline passengers.
On April Fools Day the TSA announced its usage of “Alien Detection Officers” (ADO) at airports who have been specially trained to detect space aliens that had been bypassing airport security checkpoints by using invisibility cloaks. The TSA’s Blog states “We know they’ve been observing flight operations at some of our busiest airports, but we had no idea they were coming in. It’s not entirely clear what their intentions are, but they need to be screened just like anybody else.“
The whole April 1st “TSA Space Alien Detection Officers (ADO)” by the TSA’s Blogger Bob will leave you chuckling and it’ll be easy to see why it take top honours for the best April Fools Gag.