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Qatar Airways Bans Youtuber

Aviation YouTuber's Unimpressed Review Gets Him the Blacklist

Qatar Airways appeared oddly sensitive after news broke that it banned a passenger due to a negative review.

Josh Cahill posted a 13-minute video titled, in typical clickbait fashion, "The Shocking Decline of Qatar Airways". Throughout the review, he went over the myriad ways he felt that Qatar Airways had slipped from the heights it once enjoyed. During a flight, Cahill found fault with nearly every aspect of the flight, from the cleanliness of the aircraft to the enthusiasm of the crew. 

The shtick is the norm for Cahill's channel, given the popularity of negative reviews compared to positive ones. What differed from the norm was the lackluster rating given to Qatar Airways, an otherwise 1st-rate carrier. Normally, horror stories come courtesy of smaller airlines in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East - not the kind of name seen on the back of a jersey.

Qatar Airways allegedly tried to "play nice" to an extent, asking Cahill to remove his critiques from YouTube. When he denied their "offer" for the second time, the airline informed him that they had canceled his future reservations and prohibited him from traveling with them ever again. 

"For security reasons, I wouldn't fly with Qatar even if they unbanned me because I would probably be arrested in Doha," said Cahill. "However the whole 'unbanning' movement is meant to set an example that airlines should not go unpunished for censoring flight reviewers."



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