WestJet fliers turn on lights by clapping hands...Sheik of Dubai buys Air Canada
Give these guys credit for staying ahead of the curve.
WestJet, which is known for wanting to be hip and with it and all that, said today it is bringing in so-called "clapper technology" so folks on their planes can control lights and their TV sets by merely clapping their hands.
Here's part of their press release, sent today, April 1:
Made popular on television in the mid-1980s, Clapper technology is making an in-flight comeback thanks to the addition of a newly patented transmitter. Guests wearing the transmitting device while seated can clap once to activate the reading light in the console above their head, clap twice to change the channel on their live seatback television, or clap three times to illuminate the flight attendant call button. Transmitters are available to purchase online for $19.95, and the devices come in a variety of colours.
"We're excited to offer this additional convenience to our guests," said Richard Bartrem, Vice-President of Communications and Community Relations at WestJet. "The transmitting device is easy to wear and provides all the functionality required to make a hands-free on-board experience."
"Moreover, the transmitter is available in a variety of colours that will appeal to the fashion-conscious traveller who wants the convenience of our technology and to look good at the same time," concluded Richard Bartrem.
To order the WestJet Clapper transmitter, visit http://www.westjet.com/clapper/
Folks who click on the link will find a really cool picture of folks in ridiculous outfits; and a 10 per cent off deal. Not to mention a note to say Happy April Fool's Day. Too bad. I kinda liked the idea! (not really).
AIR CANADA SOLD TO DUBAI INTERESTS?
The website openjaw.com had a top item today saying that Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced the purchase of Air Canada.
Saying that there's "more than one way to skin a beaver," the Sheik suggested it's a sweet deal.
Openjaw said Canadian foreign ownership rules were waived for the deal and that, in exchange for allowing the sale, the Canadian government will be allowed to keep its military base in Dubai and to open a Tim Hortons on the base.
They also said that three-times-a-day flights will begin from Moose Jaw to Dubai on June 1. That would be two months from April Fool's Day, of course.
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