Alaska Airlines warns travellers against playing Pokemon Go

Published on : Monday, August 1, 2016

Pokemon Go gameLast week, Alaska Airlines has warned travellers against playing the popular augmented reality game known as Pokemon Go at an airport. It said that playing this game might test the patience of fellow travellers as well as trigger a direct confrontation with the police.

This airlines company has joined the likes of subway operators, hospitals and military bases who have warned the Pokemon Go players to be careful while walking about with their eyes glued to their smartphone screens.

The players generally find it tough to star away from their smartphones, making desperate attempts to catch the virtual creatures. GPS system is used by the game that enables players to hunt for, trap and train Pokemon creatures that keep appearing on the phone screens.

Of late, Pokemon players have been observed wandering inside a military base close to Honolulu, subway tracks near New York and Toronto as well as a municipal airport near Anchorage.

The makers of this game have said that they were making efforts to remove locales that did not wish to be associated with the game, like Arlington National Cemetery that is near Washington D.C.

Alaska Airlines said in a blog post that the tendency of players to stop abruptly in a busy airport to catch imaginary Pokemon creatures might develop the risk of tripping other travellers.

The airline further warned travellers against playing in restricted areas like doorways, security lines or anywhere that might get them held by the airport police.

Abbey Elliott, social media program manager, Port of Seattle who operates the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said that players should not risk catching a Pikachu through a security exit and instead get chased by a security guard.

However, a spokeswoman, Los Angeles International Airport said that the authorities have not had any issue as yet with Pokemon Go players at this airport.

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