Airplane Emoji Isn’t Flying Well With Airports That Are Calling For Its Redesign
By Mikelle Leow, 02 Nov 2018
Images via Emojipedia
It seems like Apple’s food symbols aren’t the only emojis that are leaving an unsavory taste in people’s mouths.
This week, Apple rolled out 70 new emoticons, including one resembling a stale-looking bagel, but it’s not the brand’s fresh, shiny icons that apparently need fixing.
A number of airports are requesting for a tweak in all ‘airplane arriving’ emojis, which first appeared in user interfaces in 2014.
For context, mainstream emojis follow the Unicode Standard, which offers some direction in how the icons are supposed to look across the board. This is to avoid miscommunications between, say, an iPhone owner and Android user.
The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has pointed out that the emoji, which has its nose tipped downwards, doesn’t paint air travel in a positive light.
“On behalf of #AirportTwitter and pilots everywhere, we’d like to kindly request a re-angling,” it tweeted, attaching its proposed redesign of the graphic.
Echoing the airport’s sentiments, Memphis International Airport chimed in, “Yes, thank you, DFW Airport! The other one is a little too… crash-y…”
Here’s how the emoji is described on Emojipedia: “A plane approaching a runway for landing. Generally displayed left-right, with the front of the plane facing toward the ground in a position that may result in a crash if attempted in the real world.”
You can thus understand the airports’ concerns over the way the emojis are presented.
It’s time to make a departure from the current iterations, emoji designers.
Loving the new emojis, @unicode. Glad to see there's a 🦘 now, but can we talk about 🛬? On behalf of #AirportTwitter and pilots everywhere, we'd like to kindly request a re-angling. 🙏 #avgeek pic.twitter.com/PxjA2CNNpr— DFW Airport (@DFWAirport) October 30, 2018
Yes, thank you, @DFWAirport! The other one is a little too...crash-y...— Memphis International Airport (@flymemphis) October 30, 2018
We fully support this emoji correction. pic.twitter.com/RQE4a0arPT— Reagan Airport (@Reagan_Airport) October 30, 2018
Thank goodness someone said it. pic.twitter.com/0XKfvNoGgO— STL Airport (@flystl) October 31, 2018
We’re a little late but please and.... pic.twitter.com/QkF835YPAt— DTW Airport (@DTWeetin) October 31, 2018
[via CNET, images via various sources]
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