“I fly 150,000 miles a year and have never seen anyone light up on a plane.“This has really hacked me off. These kinds of people need restricting from travelling with the general public because they are a nuisance.“Emirates also should have told this man to stop drinking.”He said the man, who was in his early fifties, drank steadily in the hours after take-off at 9.20pm and leading up to the incident.He added: “He was basically hammered. Lairy, chatting up a woman across from him. He had a very loud Manchester accent. “He was at the bar for ages and then at one point I came back from the toilet and he was in his seat with his shirt off. Who does that on a flight?“Then there was smoke in the cabin after the captain announced we were landing.“I imagine this guy is still stuck in the Middle East, I imagine he will have been banned by Emirates and I doubt another carrier would take him.”A spokesman for Emirates said: “Emirates can confirm that on flight EK020 from Manchester to Dubai on 9 December, an intoxicated passenger had to be restrained by cabin crew. The aircraft was met by security upon landing at Dubai airport. The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised.” As smoke from the cigarette wafted through the cabin igniting chaos amongst fellow passengers, five crew members rushed to the man to control the situation.The tipsy traveller who had been drinking at the onboard bar for at least three hours was overheard insisting he had ‘forgotten he was on a plane’ and he would ‘have a chat with the captain to apologise’.A packet of cigarettes was found in his seat pocket with one partially smoked. The man was restrained on the aircraft as others disembarkedOne passenger from Greater Manchester who was sitting in the row ahead, but who asked not to be named, told the Manchester Evening News : “This guy was a drunken buffoon. Everybody was disgusted.
26 October 2011South African internet users have embraced social media as a core pillar of their online activity, a new study finds. MXit and Facebook have the most user numbers, while Twitter has seen the most dramatic growth in social networking in the past year.The study, entitled “South African Social Media Landscape 2011”, was released this week by social media monitoring firm Fuseware and researchers World Wide Worx.“The question of how many South Africans use each of the major social networks comes up so often, it became a priority for us to pin down the numbers,” Fuseware MD and report co-author Michal Wronski said in a statement this week.“The data was collected through a combination of Fuseware’s analysis of social network databases, information provided directly by social networks, and World Wide Worx’s consumer market research.”Personalities driving Twitter growthAn analysis of Fuseware’s extensive database of Twitter usage, in conjunction with World Wide Worx’s consumer market research, shows that there were 1.1-million Twitter users in South Africa in mid-2011 – a 20-fold increase in a little more than a year.“One of the drivers of growth of Twitter is the media obsession with the network,” said World Wide Worx MD and report co-author Arthur Goldstuck. “Most radio and TV personalities with large audiences are engaged in intensive campaigns to drive their listeners and viewers to both Twitter and Facebook.“The former, coming off a very low base, is therefore seeing the greatest growth.”As in the global environment, not all Twitter users are active users, with only 40% tweeting, but probably as many simply watching, following and using it as a breaking news service.MXit remains most popularMXit remains the most popular social network in South Africa, with approximately 10-million active users. Its demographic mix runs counter to the popular media image of MXit as a teen-dominated environment, with no less than 76% of the male user base of MXit and 73% of female users aged 18 or over.A surprising finding emerged from analysis of Facebook data, which shows that of approximately 4.2-million Facebook users in South Africa (by August 2011), only 3.2-million had visited the site in the year-to-date.“This is partly a factor of many users moving on once the novelty of the site had worn off, as well as a result of the fickle nature of the youth market,” said Wronski.The study also found BlackBerry Messenger to be the fastest growing network in South Africa in the second half of 2011.“Once BBM picked up significant traction in private schools, for example, many teenagers who had previously flocked to Facebook opted for BBM’s greater immediacy.”Business owners using LinkedInWhile LinkedIn, aimed at professional users, also reached the 1.1-million mark, it came off a far higher base – but still saw 83% growth of South African users from 2010 to 2011. Of these, 112 000 or 10% are business owners.Consumer research analysed in the report revealed that future intention of usage of most social networks is strongly related to age – the younger the user, the greater the intention of usage.“This is only one of many micro-trends shaping social networking,” said Goldstuck. “MXit, Facebook and BBM statistics illustrate, for example, that as social networks become more mainstream, their penetration within all age ranges deepens.“This, in turn, will result in the continual flattening of the age curve as social networks mature.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material