Nine months after being thrown off a United Airlines flight for taking a picture of the seat in front of me, I noticed the following picture on United’s Instagram page—
From United’s Instagram page. Note the comments.
As I discussed in my account of what happened, the whole point of United’s onboard photo policy is to protect the privacy of others in the cabin–both staff and passengers. That is a laudable goal and why I was careful not to include any other passenger in my picture.
But the picture above blatantly compromises the privacy of at least one and arguably four other passengers. It is a very nice picture of the party of six traveling, but what gives? United posts this to its own Instagram page but refuses to admit that my picture was perfectly fine?Even though similar pictures of airline seats can also be found on United’s Instagram page?
My request to United is simply that it clarifies its photo policy, specifically making it clear just what a “personal event” is.