United Airlines is being criticised again. But this time, it’s for being nice.
The airline has had a tumultuous few months and is now trying to claw back its reputation in the eye of the consumer, but its PR tactics don’t seem to be working.
The airline posted a tweet in response to teen Carter Wilkinson’s plea to Wendy’s for free nuggets.
The 16-year old from Nevada asked Wendy’s how many retweets it would take for him to get free nuggets for a year. To which, Wendy’s replied, 18 million. This has now been retweeted 3.6 million times and is the most retweeted tweet of all time.
United was hoping to get in on the fun, claiming that if Wilkinson managed to reach 18 million retweets they would offer him a free flight to take him to a Wendy’s in any city that the airline travels to.
Unfortunately, this didn’t have the desired response and the tweet is now being mocked on Twitter.
Twitter users are referencing the United Airlines incident when a passenger was dragged off one of its flight last month. One user writes: “Personally I don’t think the flight is worth the beating.”
But despite these comments, the airline is keeping to its promise. On Wednesday, United reached out to Wilkinson to congratulate him on breaking a Twitter record and to organise his free flight.
But even this didn’t curry favour with Twitter users.
Who warned the teen not to take the free flight as it was a trap.
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