Royal Dutch Airlines KLM suffered from a Twitter blunder Sunday after the Netherlands beat Mexico in the 2014 World Cup. The 140-character message was a mix of racism and bad timing that made some of its followers vow never again to fly the airline.
The Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-1 after a disputed penalty allowed the Dutch a penalty kick, which allowed for the winning goal in the final moments of the game. Elated their country had one, Royal Dutch Airlines took to Twitter wrote, “Adios Amigos! #NEDMEX,” and attached shared a picture of a departure sign. The pre-planned tweet was eventually pulled, but not before it raised a few eyebrows and offended many.
Though the airline deleted the tweet it hasn’t issued an apology. But an apology might do the airline well, considering it has flights to Mexico and probably upset fliers. Most notably, Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal took offense and retaliated with some strong language.
.@KLM I'm never flying your [expletive] airline again. [Expletive] you big time.
— Gael Garcia Bernal (@GaelGarciaB) June 29, 2014
AeroMexico responded with a classy counter, saying thank you for the great championship and happy to be home. Instead of a departure sign, it posted a picture of an arrival sign. The original tweet in Spanish read: “Gracias por este gran campeonato, estamos orgullosos y los esperamos en casa #VivaMéxico”
— Aeroméxico (@AeroMexico_com) June 29, 2014
The message was favorited more than 1,600 times and shared of 2,300 times.
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