Who’s ready to have a little fun?
During this year’s Cranky Dorkfest, Kevin Trinkle from American Airlines went around and asked 73 of these people to answer 10 questions:
He used these to create trivia questions for American’s annual Geek Off which pits teams of employees against each other, all for charity. This year’s Geek off is done, and now Kevin has shared the answers with me so I can put you all to the test.
This should be done Family Feud-style with, “we asked 73 avgeeks the following questions….” But my quiz-building capabilities aren’t that great, so for each question you should try to guess the answer that received the most responses. Oh, and if you’re reading this via email, click here to take the quiz.
There is nothing to be won and no glory to be had, but enjoy!
1) Name a piece of airline memorabilia you wish that an airline still produced
Try again. Only 3 people chose this, since almost nobody misses these.
So close! This came in at number 2 with 11 people responses, and I miss them too.
Correct! This was the response given by 14 people, just beating out playing cards. This is certainly the truest avgeek answer.
Try again. Shockingly, only 1 person chose this. Maybe it’s because some airlines still give them out.
2) Name an airport with an automated train or people-mover.
Try again. The ATL came in 2nd place with 11 responses.
Correct! There were 16 people who chose this, proving that there must have been a lot of American employees at Cranky Dorkfest.
Try again. Denver and its jam-packed system came in third with 10 responses.
Try again. Though Sacramento does have a (useless) tram, only 1 person mentioned it.
3) Name your favorite airline reporter or blogger.
Try again. The Wall Street Journal reporter did get on the board, but it wasn’t enough to win this time around. Now that attendees have read her write-up of Cranky Dorkfest
, I’m sure she’ll get a whole lot more mentions next time around.
Correct! I mean, come on. This was done at Cranky Dorkfest. Of course this was the winner with 31 mentions.
Jon Ostrower/The Air Current
Try again. Jon did come in 2nd with 14 responses, and he deserved every one.
4) What is the most frustrating part of flying an airline?
Try again. There were 5 people that really hate boarding.
Correct! This tied for first with 17 mentions.
Correct! This tied for first with 17 mentions, but it very clearly should be the true number one.
Try again. Only 1 person gave this response, probably because the rest couldn’t get connected to answer the question.
5) Name the main reason you enter an airline lounge.
Correct! Is there another reason? A solid 21 people chose this.
Escaping Regular Passengers
Try again. Though 7 people were willing to admit this, the true number is clearly higher.
So close! With 14 responses, this was in 2nd place.
Try again. There were 12 people who haven’t discovered noise-canceling headphones yet.
6) Name an airline, past or present, whose official name ends in “Airways.”
Try again. This was number two with 10 mentions, and the highest ranking non-US carrier.
Try again. Only 8 people chose the blue crew.
Pan American World Airways
Try again. there were most certainly a couple of proper avgeeks who chose this, but it was literally just those two.
Correct! There’s that American Airlines contingent again, bringing in 31 mentions.
7) Name an airline that has an image or a resemblance of an animal in their logo.
Try again. One person apparently doesn’t realize that’s a person, not an animal. But then again, this is probably better than the 1 person who chose Southwest.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Ok, there isn’t a chicken on a Frontier tail and those animals aren’t technically part of the logo, but 28 people chose this.
Try again. Just 7 people chose JAL and its crane, Tsurumaru.
Try again. A surprising 14 people had Qatar and its oryx on the brain; maybe it had just landed or something.
8) Name the hardest airport to make a flight connection in.
Try again. Somehow, only 1 person felt tortured by the very difficult airport layout that for years made connections leave security. I guess everyone else is thinking ahead to the new terminal coming soon.
Correct! There were 12 people who said this, and I whole-heartedly agree. Stupid document check.
Try again. Tied for second, JFK had 8 mentions, and I will assume that all of them were changing terminals. Otherwise, JFK isn’t too bad.
Try again. There were 8 people who chose this, and yes, it is very, very bad.
9) Name a European Low Cost Carrier (LCC).
Try again. This is actually the most clever and completely correct answer when it comes to intra-Europe travel, but it only got 2 mentions.
Try again. I didn’t expect to see easyJet slip to third, but that’s what happened with 14 mentions.
Correct! The most obvious answer won with 24 mentions.
Try again. A surprise second place finisher with 16 mentions.
10) How do you pass the time on a flight?
Looking Out the Window
Try again. This is the true avgeek answer, but it was in a three-way tie for second with 11.
Correct! Avgeeks are people, just like you. At least, 17 prefer to stare at any screen, or at least listen to something.
Try again. All those disappearing inflight magazines means that only 11 said this, tied for second.
Try again. This tied for second with 11 responses.
Feel free to regale us all with your claims of correct answers in the comments below.