These two companies took it upon themselves to invite a mood of flirtation on the Delta flights. Though we think this was a fun shot at creating a conversation with the flight passengers. Some may disagree.
The napkins were handed out to all passengers with the words “Because you’re on a plane full of interesting people and hey… you never know.” However, this may not look like a problem as you flip the napkin over you’ll see, “Be a little old school. Write down your number and give it to your plane crush.” Including a prompted area for you to write your name and number.
Many Delta passengers took to Twitter to complain about the napkins. One even Tweeting, “Hey @Delta and @CocaCola These napkins are creepy AF. Pretty sure no one appreciated unsolicited phone numbers in the ‘good old days’ and they sure as heck don’t want the number of someone who has been gawking at them on a plane for hours today. Not a good look.”
This mistake did not go unacknowledged by both companies. INSIDER reported on comments from both Delta and Coca-Cola admitting to their mistake. A Delta spokesperson stated, “We rotate Coke products regularly as part of our brand partnership but missed the mark with this one, we are sorry for that.”
While Coca-Cola came out and said, “We worked with our partners at Delta to begin removing the napkins last month and are replacing them with other designs.”
When distributed initially these napkins were quite the controversy, now they may be considered a rare gem. If you find yourself on a Delta flight anytime soon, look for the “creepy” napkins.