t Double Yellow's Musings: Changi – The <i>Bestest</i> Airport <i>Evar</i>
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Changi – The Bestest Airport Evar

Sometimes I wonder whether our media have a tendency to write the conclusion of an article before getting the data required to substantiate the thesis. In an article on Changi airport last week, I suspect that the foregone conclusion was that Changi airport is the bestest airport evar.

The articled titled, “Despite crashes, flying's safe” said that major airplane accidents were at the “lowest level of 0.06 per one million departures last year”. It goes to talk about dun know what ‘Taxi-On-The-Greens' lighting system and quotes one guy as saying

“This is only available in Changi and is one of the things that distinguishes Changi from many airports around the world — even the major ones”

A correction to the above article was published yesterday. The level of accidents is actually at 0.6 per million departures. Heeelllooo? That’s like a 10 percent discrepancy you know. But of course, conclusion of the original article is still the same – Changi is safe :)

And the quote on the lighting system was WRONG. The guy actually said that other airports like London’s Heathrow also have this system. Wah lau.... so it’s not unique to Changi. But of course, the conclusion of the original article is still the same – Changi is safe :)


Blogger mooiness said...

Wah lau eh .... two of the bigger facts of that article, two that formed the basis of their theory that Changi is the bestest, and they "got it wrong"????

Yeah right! Journalism school never teach you to fact check one ah!? The editors are gong one issit???

This is just too brazen. They must be stopped! :)

5:06 AM  
Blogger Beng said...

You're right. The press got it all wrong (again). But I'm glad to say that Changi airport is really pretty cool, as compared to most of Asia (excl. Japan), Dubai, Paris and London etc.

6:39 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

haha mooiness, I'm still waiting for the day a super-hero will descend on Singapore and zap people who write articles like this :)

beng, i totally agree that Changi is a fantastic airport. All my guests to Singapore have nothing but praise :) but my peeve is wif the media and the 'extent' to which they go to prove a point again and again :)

7:35 AM  
Blogger FixCon said...

haha From what I learnt from somewhere.. the power of Media Influence in Singapore is like dam strong. 67% of what you've seen in the newspaper cant be trusted :P

8:10 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey fixcon, does the 67% include the HUGE adverts that have the sign "SALE" plastered all over? :p

8:38 PM  
Blogger shushiepoo said...

psssst ... i'll let you in on a little secret - if it's the SALE worth waiting for, then yeah, it's in the 67%

5:47 AM  
Blogger shushiepoo said...

and speaking of bestest airport - i'm bloody proud to be a citizen of Singabloodypore

5:49 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey shushiepoo, even if the world world says something different, if our gahmen says Changi is the bestest airport ever, then it must be true... heheheh and like you said, more so when the great Singapore Sale is on :)

6:55 AM  
Anonymous cray said...

not 10%, 10 times. That a 1000% discrepancy :P

2:49 AM  

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