Apparently Delta pilots have aircraft trading cards to give out to passengers, and we just haven’t known about it all along?!? This is interesting, as flagged by @xJonNYC.
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Delta encourages asking pilots for trading cards
On November 20, 2023, Delta Air Lines posted to its official TikTok account, promoting how the company’s pilots have aircraft specific trading cards. The 12-second TikTok video has text that reads “pov: you always ask the pilots for a trading card.”
The video then shows a variety of aircraft-specific trading cards. Not only does Delta seem to have one for each aircraft type, but I guess the airline has actually been printing these for a couple of decades, and has different versions of them. Someone is even trying to sell the complete set of 62 cards on eBay for $3,000 (lol).
This is a cute initiative on Delta’s part. It’s a fun idea for aviation geeks and children, and it creates a way for pilots to interact with passengers, adding a human touch that’s often missing in the travel experience.
Now, in fairness, Delta actually isn’t the only airline to have trading cards. Frontier Airlines’ aircraft are themed after animals, and passengers can ask the crew for a collectable trading card for that specific aircraft. For an airline that has a charge for printing boarding passes, I’d say that’s pretty generous.
Delta’s trading cards are going viral in a strange way
I imagine that when Delta posted on TikTok about these trading cards, the expectation was that not many people would actually request these cards, outside of true aviation geeks and maybe parents with small children.
But I guess TikTok works in strange ways. With Delta’s post on this having gone so viral, some popular TikTok users have filmed themselves asking Delta pilots for trading cards.
For example, vicblends, who has millions of followers across social media platforms, filmed himself going to the cockpit and asking Delta pilots for trading cards. He’s not the only one, as several other people have posted similar videos.
A few thoughts:
- This is bound to lead to some disappointment, since I can’t help but wonder how consistently Delta pilots carry these; in the videos I’ve seen posted, typically one pilot doesn’t even have the cards
- Airlines are so focused on efficient and punctual boarding, so if this at all catches on and becomes a thing on every flight, it will add some congestion during the boarding process
- I love the idea behind this and that Delta is encouraging it, but for whatever reason, this seems to be more of a source of social media content and a flex for random adults, which is an odd direction for this to take
I’m curious to see if this is just a short-lived social trend, or if this becomes something bigger. Regardless, it’s a great idea for aviation geeks and those with children.
Maybe I’ve just been living under a rock or didn’t get the memo, but apparently Delta pilots have had trading cards for years, which passengers can simply ask for. Delta posted about this on TikTok recently, and it probably got more attention than the Atlanta-based airline was expecting.
What’s perhaps most interesting is the crowd with which this has caught on. It’s not your typical avgeek or kids, but rather adults who are somehow amazed that they can get a free trading card on their next flight.
I love this initiative and concept, I’m just confused about the way that interest is evolving…
What do you make of these Delta trading cards? Did you know that Delta pilots have these?