The online version of the British Daily Mail published a story today about selfies that WOW Air pilots took of themselves in the cockpit during a flight from San Francisco to Keflavík International Airport on February 23 and shared with two passengers through Bluetooth. WOW’s spokesperson told RÚV that the airline does not believe passenger safety was put at risk, but added that the incident will be investigated more closely.
The two female passengers, shared a selfie, using their iPhones’ Airdrop function to see which passengers might respond. They were amazed when the plane’s two pilots responded with their own selfie. “So the rest of the flight was us and the pilots and cabin crew airdropping photos back and forth… BEST. FLIGHT. EVER,” one of the young women wrote on her Facebook page. She told the Mail Online that an hour before landing, the communication stopped.
The Mail Online quotes a spokesperson for the airline saying the airline does “not recommend pilots use their mobile devices to interact with passengers during flights.”
WOW Air retweeted the passengers’ account of the selfies. The post was liked about 1,000 times on Facebook, but some people voiced their concern about passenger safety. Several users pointed out, though, that the plane would have been in auto-pilot mode, giving the crew time to take the photos.