Have you seen this headline on Facebook: "Malaysian Airline Found, Hijacked by Prince"? It's actually a pretty sick joke about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. It was posted by someone using the name Princess Urduja on a WordPress blog—not an actual news site.
Post claims Jeddah prince hijacked Flight 370
According to the fake post, officials arrested Prince Sahram Al-Sandshoo of Jeddah after he listed a "used Boeing 777 black box recorder" for sale on eBay. The writer claims Saudi officials obtained a search warrant to enter his property "on the outskirts of Jeddah, the city he has princed for the past 43 years."
The writer claims to have gotten these details from a news conference conducted by Malaysia's prime minister. The person also states that all of the passengers are just fine and "in good spirits." Although it's hard to imagine anyone being in good spirits after someone fed them "a banquet of sheep testicles and wine," as the prince is said to have done.
The prime minister is reported as being "awfully sorry" that they "misplaced" the aircraft and that it is "a mistake anyone can make."
Malaysian Airlines CEO satirized
The writer goes on to state that "Malaysian Airways" CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya believes that "the plane was probably stolen whilst in flight" and that "it's unlikely to have landed at an airport and then been stolen by our backs." The person also suggests that this so-called prince is an accomplished pilot who basically just talked his way into the cockpit so that he "could have a go" at flying the plane.
The Malaysian Airways CEO is then said to have stated that they "usually frown on this kind of thing, but if the man kept going on and on at the stewardesses, they probably would have allowed him to have a little go at flying just to shut him up."
Clearly, this post is nothing but satire. We certainly hope no CEO of any airline anywhere on Earth would ever say anything so ridiculous as these things. It certainly paints a picture of officials as being sort of bumbling idiots because they can't find the plane, but in reality, the issue is more complex.
This is a very serious situation, but it has conspiracy theorists thinking that the so-called "Bermuda Triangle" has moved from the Atlantic Ocean over to the Indian Ocean. In case you're not familiar with the Bermuda Triangle term, many ships and airplanes have disappeared in the area under mysterious circumstances.
Meanwhile, the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continues today with more questions than answers. Unfortunately all the satire in the world won't help officials fight the airplane any faster.
Can find an iPhone, but not a plane?
Despite the unbearable pain the family members of the aircraft passengers must be feeling, stories like this one in the Economic Times highlight how many may see this very serious situation. It's so easy for our governments to track us using our iPhones, but they managed to lose an entire airplane. It takes just moments for technology to locate a missing phone, but it's been nearly two weeks since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared.
Aren't the lives of those passengers so much more important than a missing phone? According to the Economic Times, the global airline industry did have "sophisticated tools" which could follow airplanes in real time while streaming data from their flight recorders. However, the website post states that because of a number of reasons, including cost and how little airplanes actually cost, neither regulators nor airlines adopted this technology.
Experts suggest that this crash could be the impetus they need to adopt this technology. It took two years to locate an Air France plane which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 because the black box was two miles underwater. Because the Malaysian plane probably also went down into ocean, the situation here is likely similar.