Calling Mr Al Kyder

August 18, 2006

I love the Chaser, again another story via the SMH:

ABC TV’s Chaser boys have struck again…The pranksters pulled off a stunt at Sydney Airport on Wednesday which saw Virgin Blue staff make a “final boarding call” announcement for five late passengers, including one which sounded suspiciously like Mr Al Qaeda and another which sounded like Mr Terrorist…The satirical show’s executive producer, Julian Morrow, said two tickets were booked online under the names “Mr Al Kyder” and “Mr Terry Wrist” for an 8.30am Virgin Blue flight from Sydney to Melbourne.

He picked up the boarding passes using the airline’s self-serve computers, which do not require proof of photo identification.

Then, after deliberately failing to board the plane, an announcement was made over the airport’s loud speaker system.

“Good morning ladies and gentleman,” the announcement said. “This is the final boarding call for [name withheld], [name withheld], Al Kyder, [name withheld], and Terry Wrist, all travelling to Melbourne today on Virgin Blue flight 822.”

Of course in the States they would have been gaoled for this… 🙂