[Ads-l] "women using 'Miss' were treated as children"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jul 20 12:06:19 EDT 2021


Also stupidism.

> On Jul 20, 2021, at 11:51 AM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> So is this sexism or ageism or both?
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> https://www.theregister.com/2021/04/08/tui_software_mistake
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> Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children
> The error occurred, according to a report [PDF] released on Thursday by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), because the check-in software treated travelers identified as "Miss" in the passenger list as children, and assigned them a weight of 35 kg (~77 lbs) instead of 69 kg (~152 lbs) for an adult.
> The AAIB report attributes the error to cultural differences in how the term Miss is understood.
> "The system programming was not carried out in the UK, and in the country where it was performed the title Miss was used for a child, and Ms for an adult female, hence the error," the report says<end quote>
> .James Landau
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