Alaska Airlines Warns Pokemon Go Players At Airports
Alaska Airlines is warning players of the latest video craze to be wary of playing Pokemon Go in airports – all while gamers say an airport is one of the best places to hunt down and capture the elusive game characters.
In a blog post, the airline warned that playing Pokemon Go in an airport could get you injured or arrested, and offered up four tips to avoid either calamity.
* Watch where you’re going. “Stopping suddenly in the middle of a busy thoroughfare runs the risk of tripping your fellow travelers or delaying someone who’s trying to make a tight layover with only minutes to spare,” Alaska Airlines wrote.
* Obey the law. “Again, this probably goes without saying, but bears repeating in a secured area like an airport. There are a lot of spaces that the general public is simply not allowed to access. Avoid playing in security lines, near doorways to restricted areas or anywhere that you might get yourself tackled by airport police.”
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* Follow directions. “When the cabin crew asks you to put your phone on airplane mode, or a customer service agent asks you to keep to the side of the jet way while you try to catch that weirdly strong Drowzee, please listen. And while you’re at it, please don’t ask employees to help you catch a Pokémon, or let you into a restricted area hunt. It’s their job to keep you and your fellow travelers safe and comfortable while you get from point A to point B. They really are just looking out for you.”
* Have fun! If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and generally staying out of the way, you’ll find that the airport is a fantastic place to catch Pokémon, hatch eggs and add precious lures and potions to your backpack.”
Ironically, while some places have naturally shunned being a Pokestop, where players can load up on Pokeballs and potions – Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. rightfully asked not to be such a place – others have embraced it.
Airports among them.
Businesses can purchase “lures” from gamemaker Niantic, which are items that are virtually scattered in areas to help draw players closer to the actual Pokemon Go characters, and that has helped airport stores create more foot traffic to their locations in terminals.
Michael Marchese, manager of marketing and communications for airport restaurateur and retailer OTG, said his company has been quick to jump on the Pokemon bandwagon.
“It quickly became apparent that there was a significant amount of Pokémon-meandering in our restaurants and gate lounges – we found that there had been more than 30 Pokéstops and Gyms scattered throughout,” Marchese told The Moodie Davitt Report. “Recognizing the unique nature of our situation in the airport space and wanting to get in on the fun, we decided to help our guests locate and capture a few pre-flight by purchasing and installing ‘Lures’ in our spaces.”
Just, you know, don’t get arrested trying to find them.
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