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Brazilian Airport Screens Hacked; Showed Porn Instead of Flight Info

by SharonKurheg

Way back in early 2020, we wrote about a guy who had hijacked the video feed at Portland International Airport (a.k.a. PDX – and OMG, how much do Portlanders [or is it Portlandians?] love their airport’s carpeting? This much!) so he could play a video game on the large screen (yes, really. You can read about it here).

I didn’t think we’d ever write another story about hacked video screens at an airport. But hey, never say never, right?

Rio de Janeiro, with its thong-covered beaches, flesh-flaunting Carnival, and overall sultry nightlife, already has a reputation for being sexy. But the city’s Aeropuerto Santos Dumont apparently went above and beyond the other day. Right around 3pm, the screens of the Brazilian city’s central airport suddenly switched from their typical advertising and airport info to various scenes from porno movies.

Videos on Twitter showed people laughing at the videos, if they weren’t hiding them from their kids (or both LOL). A few just stood there, looking stunned.

The screens are owned and run by a third party, not the airport itself, and typically show advertising. But when they couldn’t stop the bow-chicky-bow-bow on the video screens after a few minutes, they shut them all down.

“The monitors in question will remain turned off in our airport network until the company responsible for them guarantees their safety,” said Infraero, the operator of Santos Dumont.

“Upon learning of the incorrect publication [Note from Sharon: that’s a polite way of putting it] on one of the advertising monitors of Santos Dumont Airport, Infraero took the corresponding legal steps, registered a police report and reported it to the Federal Police,” Infraero representatives continued, in a statement.

The, um, “incorrect publication” went onto social media as quickly as you’d think something that that would ;-), with plenty of funny comments:

“Welcome to Santos Dumont Airporn!”

“It seems a lot of people missed their flights today.”

“I love Rio!”

“We stress that the content shown on our media screens is the responsibility of the companies who have advertisement rights. Our partners use their own system of publication, and these have no connection with Infraero’s flight information system,” Infraero also said, in an attempt to keep the faux pas further away than a 10-foot pole.

Oh, and lest you think this is the first time something like this has ever happened, you’d be wrong.

Feature Photo: pxhere

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