The closure of Swiss airspace on Wednesday provoked numerous reactions in the Swiss press, but also in the international public. Internet users also had great fun on social networks, most often mocking this incident, which created chaos at the country’s airports.
Front page of Tages Anzeiger after a malfunction that hit Skyguide. [Tages Anzeiger ]If the topic dominates the front pages of Swiss newspapers on Thursday, then it is the topic of blackout that hit Skyguide on Wednesday. An event that caused chaos in Swiss and European airspace. Indeed, no plane could take off or land at the airports in Geneva and Zurich. Air traffic was also severely disrupted at Basel-Mulhouse International Airport.
The front page of the Argauer Zeitung the day after the eclipse that hit Skyguide. [Argauer Zeitung]“When the Skyguide system crashes, it’s the passengers who drink,” is the headline of the German-language Tamedia newspaper.
On that from, the drawing gently mocks the situation. Two men are walking when one says, “Hey, there’s no noise from the plane today.” The other responds, “Instead it’s the noise of passengers,” while complaints and insults literally fall from the sky.
Drawingalso summarizes major Swiss news on Wednesday. He shows the plane on the runway, when a voice was heard: “The fault has been removed. Therefore, we are canceling this flight only due to lack of staff,” the German daily said ironically, referring to the difficulties the Swiss are facing. companies to cope with a strong recovery in air traffic after Covid-19.
Newspapers in French should not be skipped
As for the French-speaking area, the newspaper is no less critical. “The day when the Swiss sky became banned for airplanes”, headlines, for example, the daily Vaudois. Its designer Bénédicte also offers a drawing in which we see Skyguide offices where all computers are turned off. And with good reason: the plug is pulled out.
Bénédicte’s cartoon for print 24 hours, the day after the Skyguide crash. [Bénédicte – 24heures]
On the side, Herrmann also decided to do so with his drawing of the day, ironically about planes that could not land in Cointrin due to a malfunction. Two jihadists talk in the cave: “80 planes hijacked!” says one. “These Genevans are strong,” replies another.
Drawing of the day from the Tribune de Genève. [Herrmann – Tribune de Genève]
It should be noted that this unprecedented closure of the entire airspace of one country also did not fail to react to several international media. More informative and less hilarious,, , , or a Spanish diary indeed, everyone was talking about it, wondering about the causes of the problem affecting the Swiss air traffic controller.
What about social networks
On social media, especially on Twitter, internet users had a field day. While some welcomed the fact that safety was always ensured and that no accident occurred, others, like the remaining passengers, were annoyed, but congratulated some on the kindness and professionalism shown by staff members of various affected companies. .
Others, desperate, bombarded the social network with screenshots indicating the cancellation of their flight. Twitter is also bombarded with questions from passengers who want to know if their flight has been canceled or just delayed.
Some users of the small blue bird social network even decided to investigate, wondering if it was a hack. Probably a coup by Russia, as some of them suspected before Skyguide refuted this hypothesis.
Others decided to simply laugh at it, competing in the imagination to find a joke or photomontage that would make noise for a day. “Have you tried to turn the system off and on,” for example, one of them ironically asks Skyguide directly on his Twitter account.