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Delta regrets handing out ‘creepy’ napkins to encourage passengers to flirt, give out phone numbers

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The latest victims of a controversial marketing idea are Coke and Delta Air Lines which are apologizing over what some passengers thought were “creepy” napkins.

The allegedly offensive items that prompted a swift removal and apology encouraged passengers to enjoy some high-altitude flirtation with imprinted “introduction” napkins distributed by Delta, in a partnership with Diet Coke, NBC News reported.

“Be a little old school. Write down your number and give it to your plane crush. You never know,” the small print on the napkins read.

“Because you’re on a plane full of interesting people and hey you never know,” the napkins featuring the Diet Coke logo read, leaving space for passengers to jot down their name and phone number before handing it to someone else.

The companies issued apologies and Delta began pulling the napkins last month after some social media criticism. The airline admitted that it “missed the mark with this one,” according to NBC News.

But many actually thought the idea was “fun” and took to social media to give Delta and Diet Coke a thumbs up. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee joked about the marketing gimmick in a tweet using some self-promotion of his own.

“Today” show co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb dismissed the outrage and said they were not offended.

“At least they were trying to have a little fun, Guthrie said as Kotb called the idea “funny.”

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham asked “What’s the big deal?” in a discussion about the controversy with Raymond Arroyo on his ‘Friday Follies’ for ‘The Ingraham Angle.’

Twitter users were disappointed that the companies succumbed to pressure by a few who lacked a sense of humor.

Many celebrated the short-lived idea on Twitter.

Frieda Powers


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