A fellow passenger videotaped a woman “going insane” after missing her San Francisco bound Cathay Pacific flight last week and posted it on Youtube (click here to see video.) More than 400,000 people have since viewed the woman’s public temper tantrum. Surprisingly, Cathay Pacific allowed the woman who went insane over missing her flight to fly on the next scheduled flight with her companion.
The video of the “woman going insane after missing flight” (almost sounds like a painting title, doesn’t it?) is the latest example of public humiliation extending far beyond the locale in which it occurred.
Before the woman going insane after missing flight, there was the skier who lost his pants in a chairlift mishap in Vail, Colorado. An enterprising photographer nearby snapped a photo of the man’s exposed buttocks as he hung suspended from the chairlift. From its publication in the local media, the naked skier photo quickly went viral on the internet, humiliating the skier not merely at the resort but throughout the world.
Of course, no story comparing the woman who goes insane after missing her flight to other public temper tantrums and mishaps going global would be complete without mention of Britney Spears. Spears has been the subject of number viral videos from her public mental breakdowns to her various publicly photographed panty omissions.
Is there a lesson to be learned from the woman who goes insane after missing her flight? Public behavior is no longer the fleeting blip on the radar screen it once was. When someone like the woman who went insane after missing her flight loses control in public, readily available technology- from cell phone cameras, to video cams, to security tapes- may capture a lasting and permanent record of the embarrassing, out of control behavior. And with the internet as the new town square, the “gossip” spreads virally throughout the entire world with video and audio evidence that will never go away.
For now, the woman in the video has not been identified by name. Should the name of the woman who goes insane after losing her flight become public, the consequences could prove more than merely embarrassing. Imagine what a prospective employer would do if upon entering her name in a search engine he uncovered the video. Imagine her children’s friends finding the video online. Of course if the story of the woman who went insane after losing her flight and being seen having a temper tantrum across the world becomes a cautionary tale that reduces the incidence of errant public behavior, we can all be thankful that it happened- and not just because of the few moments of entertainment value the YouTube video provided.
Sources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbVw7entkxg; http://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/strange-but-true/Womans-airport-hysterics-after-missing.4984032.jp;