From check-ins to status updates and live-tweets, social media is a place where you can find both – the weirdest and the most intellect feed. People flaunt their lifestyle, voice their opinions and keep their friends and followers updated with anything and everything that’s happening in life. Moreover, airport check-ins on social media have become a mandatory part of travel shenanigans. As if the airlines won’t let you board a flight if you don’t post it on Facebook!
But the internet in a funny place. Though a boon, it often shows its side effects that are as hilarious as bizarre. Recently, an NRI from Oman booked his flight tickets to India with Air India. He was planning to return to the country to cast his vote in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.
Enthused about voting, Joystan Lobo shared a video on social media where he flaunted his ticket to India and shared views about his favorite candidate in the elections. Little did he expect that this video would lead things to go wrong, landing him in a loss!
A spammer noted down the details and PNR number of his flight tickets and secretly canceled them. Lobo found out about his canceled tickets on April 1.
“One of his friends settled at Puttur streamed this video through WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media. Within two hours from then, the ticket was canceled without the knowledge of Joystan,” reported Indian Express.
“I was unaware about the cancellation of ticket. Ticket was cancelled on March 30 at around 11:15 am (Oman time). I came to know about the cancellation of the ticket on April 1. I rebooked the ticket on the same day for April 4 and reached India,” Lobo said.
Lobo also said that he had paid Rs 21,045 for the tickets but got only Rs 9000 as a refund. This, however, did not stop him from casting his vote in the elections and he immediately booked another ticket on the same flight to reach India on time.
So, that’s what we call ‘pros and cons’ of social media. Sharing too much information with your friends on social media can make your plans go for a toss sometimes. “Savdhan raho, satark raho” (on social media as well).