The airplane landing Twitter emoji shows the plane positioned in a way that would be dangerous in the real world. (Emoji)
Airports in the US want the emoji for a landing plane to be changed, saying the current version looks as if it is about to crash.
- Dallas Fort Worth Airport says the plane looks like it’s about to crash
- Calls for re-angling backed by other airports
- Emoji expert says tweak would make the character “pointless”
Dallas Fort Worth Airport started debate about the emoji via a tweet to the Unicode Consortium, a corporation which advocates for international software standardisation, including emojis.
A “re-angling” of the plane was requested via the airport’s Twitter account, along with a proposed alternative.
The current emoji shows the plane above a runway with its nose aimed towards the ground.
Dallas Fort Worth Airport’s proposed alternative shows the aircraft in a level position over the runway.
The tweet prompted positive responses from Twitter accounts from other US airports as well as pilots.
“Yes, thank you,” a reply from the Memphis International Airport Twitter account said.
“The other one is a little too … crash-y.”
However, it does not appear as though the symbol will change.
“I’m sure DFW [airport] is just having a bit of fun on Twitter and know that if the airplane arrival emoji looked any closer to the airplane departure emoji it would be a bit pointless,” Emojipedia’s chief emoji officer Jeremy Burge told CBS News.
Mr Burge is also a vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, which is responsible for making recommendations to the Unicode Consortium’s technical committee.
On the Emojipedia website, the emoji is described as:
“A plane approaching a runway for landing. Generally displayed left-right, with the front of the plane facing toward the ground in a position that may result in a crash if attempted in the real world.”
According to the site, the symbol was as part of Unicode version 7.0, as one of 250 characters proposed for emoji approval.
It was added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.