Photograph ©2020 by Pat Baird.

What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 73: Reader Edition

I am proud to say that readers of The Gate continue to keep sending photographs to me; and the following photograph was taken by Pat Baird — who is a reader of The Gate — of a sign located at what is thought to be London Heathrow Airport.

What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 73: Reader Edition

Photograph ©2020 by Pat Baird.

For this edition of this popular game, can you guess what you believe is wrong — or, at least, seemingly quite bizarre — with this photograph?

Please submit your answers in the Comments section below — and I enjoy reading creative answers.

Thank you in advance. As always, I cannot wait to read your answer and feedback.

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  1. The Braille has a p and then just a dot 4. The letter i should be made with dots 2 and 4. There is only a dot 4. The rest of the Braille is correct.

  2. I assume you mean that pilots don’t, or at least shouldn’t, need Braille. That’s true, but it doesn’t mean that a blind person will never need to know that the door next to this sign does not lead to, for example, the men’s room or the passenger assistance office.

  3. It is so that when a blind person is looking for a particular room, perhaps a washroom, that he/she knows that this is the Pilot Lounge, obviously not what they’re looking for.

  4. The Braille is to notify the visually impaired that this lounge is not for them but it is for pilots only. If the Braille was not there then a blind person might think this is the passenger lounge. This sign makes much sense. It gives the same message it gives to non handclapped non pilots. Do not enter this lounge since it is for pilots only.

  5. For years they have said ‘ A dog or monkey can fly a plane”. The braille is for the handler who is dropping off the dog or monkey!

  6. I don’t know if the Braille is right or wrong. But there are non pilots who may need to “read” the sign: for example, a vision-impaired traveler who is looking for a passenger lounge might need to know that this one is just for pilots.

  7. It has Braille which obviously isn’t for the pilot but is for the staff that works there. Remember, EOE/Americans with disabilities act.

  8. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this photograph. As a legally blind person/passenger, the Braille allows me to identify this room to be a pilot’s lounge, which is clearly not meant for me. It is not foe blind pilots. It’s all about ADA compliance. You’re welcome

  9. It’s probably the result of a government regulation requiring all signs to also be readable by blind people. Our government at work. However, this should keep a blind person from wondering where the door leads.

  10. Blind folks need to know what is behind that door so it makes sense to have braille on the sign, but the braille seems to indicate this is more of a dinning lounge for your palot.

  11. Your pilot won’t panic and scream just before the crash. He will also be the last person off the aircraft because most United flights I have been on, people are in such a rush to get off the aircraft the push the handicapped out of the way.

  12. Maybe because the door/sign is accessible by the public and they want to be sure that even blind people don’t go through it ? (Though one would think that a pilot lounge would be locked and controlled with a combination to get in).

  13. It’s amazing to me how the vast majority of the 19 responses so far do not say what is wrong with this sign, but only try to justify it’s existence or ridicule it (which seems silly and insensitive). This is my first encounter with this “What’s wrong with this picture?” and I took the challenge seriously. Taking three minutes to use a Braille translator on-line, the only two correct and sensible replies to the actual challenge came from Judith Dickson and (a bit more cleverly) from R Tisdale (“Palot.” Funny!). So the answer seems to be, “Pilot” is spelled “Palot” in the Braille. That’s what’s wrong. Best part for me: I learned something new. I now know a little about how Braille lettering / alphabet is formed, and I will take some time to study it further. It looks like it might be interesting and perhaps useful to learn this new way of reading. Thanks!

  14. The airlines only use pilots who are currently blind, formerly sighted when the currently scheduled pilot has consumed to many alcoholic beverages prior to their scheduled service (flight) time. This alleviates the airline and the pilot from any repercussions about said consumption.
    The FAA inspector asked “Lets me get this straight. The blind guy is flying the plane because the scheduled pilot was drunk?”
    The Pilot in question with the Airline representatives support respond. “There are serious consequences when a pilot operates and aircraft while legally intoxicated. There are no such rules for blind pilots flying.”
    “What?” the inspector asked
    “It’s fully explained in the Americans with Disabilities Act ‘ADA’ . Passed by both houses of the Congress and signed into law by President George H. W. Bush July 26th 1990. The Representative explained.
    “How is it that he can hold a valid license” The inspector questioned.
    “You can simply not discriminate against a person with a covered disability as defined in the ADA. The representative replied.
    “Only in America’ the inspector said shaking his head.

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