The Wikipedia page for American Airlines CEO Doug Parker briefly showed some not-so-flattering biographical information about the beleaguered airline executive on Monday morning. The edits describing Parker as “the man who killed American Airlines as we know it,” were eventually removed after being quietly posted in the early morning hours.
Whoever edited the Wikipedia page of American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is clearly not a fan. In addition to photoshopping a photograph of the head of the world’s largest airline to appear that he was wearing a scarf resembling the controversial (and according to some researchers, highly toxic) crew uniforms worn by American Airlines flight attendants, the online prankster also gave Parker a less than stellar work history in his biographical information.
The modifications were only live for a brief period on Monday morning, but thanks to alert Flyertalker, joepercussion1, a screenshot of the unflattering changes and the history of the Wikipedia edits are available for those of us who missed our chance to see the online guerrilla art project in real time. For a few glorious moments in the predawn hours, any high school students researching American Airlines would have stumbled across what would appear to be some unvarnished truths.
“Chairman and CEO of American Airlines Group,” the entry temporarily read under the heading of Notable Work. “parker is most formerly [SIC] known as the man who killed American Airlines as we know it. Thanks to him, not only are the passengers angry, so are all employees. Thank him for your next AA delay.”
There certainly isn’t a shortage of suspects when it comes to this case of mysterious Wikipedia graffiti. There are many disgruntled customers and employees to choose from. Under Parker’s direction, American Airlines sued its own employees for a supposed work slow down action in response to contentious labor negotiations. In turn, passengers have complained of rampant delays, which management has steadfastly blamed on employees. Flight attendants say that lingering issues with recalled uniforms and an increasing number of toxic air events in passenger plane cabins are putting the health of crew members at risk just as the airline started a crackdown on the use of sick days and other health-related job performance issues. Meanwhile, the airline recently disclosed that Parker would be once again receiving a near record-setting compensation package.
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