|Air India Frequent Flyer Program Ridiculous Sign Up Page|
|The first required step that was interesting was to select a title. I was expecting this to be an easy drop down, with the choices Mr., Mrs., Ms., and maybe a few others. Clearly, this was a bad assumption. After clicking the dropdown menu, I got these choices: |
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I would definetly select Wing Commander.
After all I played nearly all the games of the series in the 90s. Great Game.
Are you trying to rent a plane or a fleet? And I see chef. Do they mean chief? They're also missing other common options of political and business nature like president, ceo, etc.
As all their pilots are on strike currently and they are going nowhere, maybe this is just to confuse and delay the issue..
Aunt and Lion and Mistress ..a gem .. :))
Obviously they got this from a spammer's list. "Honorable Doctor Mr Squadron Leader, your bank account is blocked. Click the link below for details."
Mistress? Someone actually prefers the prefix of mistress? LOL
This really is funny.
What on earth were they thinking! Or, perhaps, they weren't.
Seems a bit sloppy to me, they missed out Earl,Duke,Viscount etc.
Also since when has "Poet" been a title, it's a job description or am I wrong? If so why have they missed out "Fishmonger"?
Also there is the sex discrimination problem "Mistress" is allowed but no "Gigolo"
|Seems a bit sloppy to me, they missed out Earl,Duke,Viscount etc. |
Those are not titles. It's Firstname Lastname, comma, Title (optional "of") Name, on the same pattern as Firstname Lastname, Ph.D. And where do you use "Honorable" by itself? It's, ahem, The Honorable. Probably no use saying that "Reverend" is an adjective, as in "The Reverend Dr. King". Losing battle.
This being Air India, I'm sure the list is perfectly serious. Mistress probably means something like Headmistress, in parallel with Master. Unless there are households so old-fashioned, male children are still addressed as Master.
This in turn makes me realize that they omitted the Mother, Father, Sister and Brother package. As religious titles, not family relationships. But I'll bet the version for female applicants has an additional box asking for father's or husband's name.
Interesting that it's Doctor Mr, Mrs and Ms-- but Miss Doctor.
|They're also missing other common options of political and business nature like president, ceo, etc. |
If you're the president of a company, you have your own plane and don't have to spend time figuring out which of 95 courtesy titles best applies to you ;)
"But I'll bet the version for female applicants has an additional box asking for father's or husband's name. "
Every form - offline or online in India has this requirement. No Indian will take that bet.
So funny. I think I would select Squadron Leader or maybe Sir :)
they missed most of the H's - where's Herr Ingenieur, HRH and His Holiness?
I know it is funny, but it is also very serious.
Here is a BBC article from November 2011 -
US 'sorry' for frisking of India ex-leader Abdul Kalam
The article refers to an incident in New York, but it just goes to show just how much a title can mean in India.
selecting an option on a web form does not "give" you a title.
if you're a sitting ambassador or an ex-president (neither of which were choices on the form btw) i think you're going to have to show some credentials.