Time to abolish the phrase “landing card”

Old Jan 17, 19, 1:39 pm
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Time to abolish the phrase “landing card”

While this throwback to the days of liner travel is charming in some way, BA’s use in 2019 seems anachronistic and potentially confusing for non-native English people

Time to call that slip of Border Force card what it is...an immigration form!
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Old Jan 17, 19, 1:48 pm
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I see no good reason to change what it is called, I struggle to see how even a "non native english person" would find that confusing even if they were a simpleton
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Old Jan 17, 19, 1:50 pm
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I always thought it was a customs term, that when a person is "landed" they have been processed by customs/immigration and been allowed entry into a country. Thus the classification of "Landed Immigrant".
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Old Jan 17, 19, 1:53 pm
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As potentially confusing as the word anachronistic?
I had to look that one up.... AND I'm a native!

It'll be my challenge to use that at some point tomorrow.... but probably not to a front line customer service representative.
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Old Jan 17, 19, 2:03 pm
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Maybe abolish the card rather than the phrase?

It seems a lot of countries do perfectly fine without them.
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Old Jan 17, 19, 2:04 pm
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We only use the words landing cards into the UK and they are soon to be abolished.
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Old Jan 17, 19, 2:24 pm
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So far, each of the planes I've been on have landed at some point, so the phrasing doesn't bother me.
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Old Jan 17, 19, 2:31 pm
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I haven't seen a final date for the abolition of the Border Force Landing Card, to give the current title. The target was November 2018. The core information is now available via the airlines' API data, I think the issue over something called Conditioned landing cards (visa, studying etc) and Non Conditioned cards (short term visitors). Once that is resolved as part of a big Digitalisation project - and current events probably aren't helping here - the cards will go.
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Old Jan 17, 19, 2:39 pm
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This is not a specific BA issue

On a DL flight that arrived yesterday the CC asked if I needed a 'landing card'. Ditto on AA flights I was on last last year.

If the UKBF calls them 'landing cards' then it is appropriate for airlines to call them that as well.
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They are planning to make them specific to occupation or interests of the passengers:

Landing Chard : Vegan
Landing Lard : Pastry chefs
Landing Mallard: Duck enthusiasts
Landing Bard: Shakespeare academics
Landing Hard: New pilot on board
Landing, Pard: For cowboys
Landing (Do) Tard: Politicians
Landing Oxnard: Passengers connecting to small California airports
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Old Jan 18, 19, 1:55 am
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter View Post
While this throwback to the days of liner travel is charming in some way, BA’s use in 2019 seems anachronistic and potentially confusing for non-native English people

Time to call that slip of Border Force card what it is...an immigration form!
In that case you do not have an issue with "BA's use" of the term landing card, but instead with the wording of the Immigration Act 1971 s. 26(1)(e).
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Old Jan 18, 19, 2:01 am
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto View Post

Landing, Pard: For cowboys
Excellent
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Old Jan 18, 19, 2:58 am
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto View Post
They are planning to make them specific to occupation or interests of the passengers:

Landing Chard : Vegan
Landing Lard : Pastry chefs
Landing Mallard: Duck enthusiasts
Landing Bard: Shakespeare academics
Landing Hard: New pilot on board
Landing, Pard: For cowboys
Landing (Do) Tard: Politicians
Landing Oxnard: Passengers connecting to small California airports
And not to forget
Landing Sparred : people who start fights onboard
Landing Scarred : people who get injured in fights onboard
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Old Jan 18, 19, 3:29 am
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter View Post
While this throwback to the days of liner travel is charming in some way, BA’s use in 2019 seems anachronistic and potentially confusing for non-native English people
Given that this is the BA forum, if we are going to discuss anachronistic and confusing language shouldn't we be starting with "First Class Lounge" (not intended for most first class passengers) and "Concorde Room" (refers to long defunct aircraft in the fleet)?
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Old Jan 18, 19, 3:56 am
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Originally Posted by WickedStepMother View Post
Landing Scarred : people who get injured in fights onboard
Surely that should be:
Landing Scarred : Refers to flights where the LPGS ran out mid-cruise
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