12:41 pm - 03/01/2018

in today's WTF news: SM Entertainment help fans to get on the same flight as their faves

SM Entertainment is offering a "SM Global Package" for their upcoming SM Town concert in Dubai. International fans can basically purchase the whole deal through SM, which includes accommodation, a city tour, merch and tickets for the same flight SM's artists are taking.

As stated above there will also be an in-flight event, which means that all artists have to wear full makeup and be in idol-mode the whole flight from Dubai to Japan (9 hours).

Since fans will be placed in the economy class, artists will most likely end up in the business or first class I guess, but still they won't be able to fully rest on the flight since fans will take every chance to get a peak at their oppa and unnie.

The whole package retails for 4M won (~3600$).

sources: pannchoa, @SMTOWNTRAVEL, theqoo
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sforza 1st-Mar-2018 01:58 pm (UTC)
oh boy this is going to be a shit show of immense proportions. don't do this, sm, this is Bad
bloodtaki2 1st-Mar-2018 02:01 pm (UTC)

Greedy ass.

youtubelargo 1st-Mar-2018 02:08 pm (UTC)
I don't see a scenario where this doesn't end with someome getting arrested mid flight in my head...
ironicmustache 1st-Mar-2018 02:23 pm (UTC)
mte. anyone who is willing to spill 3600 for an economy class ticket probably doesnt have the ability to act rationally. they'll probably have to handcuff them to the seats to prevent constant sneaking into other areas of the cabin.
myungung 1st-Mar-2018 02:11 pm (UTC)
I don’t really see how “fans” would get to enjoy a flight that has no seeming benefits except to breathe the same air.

It’s as if they’re legitimising sasaengs who stalk and take the same flight as their “idols”
xoxkenzxox 1st-Mar-2018 02:39 pm (UTC)
this is just creepy. If it was a happy coincidence to be the on the same flight, cool. Paying so much to be with your favs? Ridiculous.
bethmai 1st-Mar-2018 02:41 pm (UTC)
Is anyone surprised by this? SM encourage sasaengs like breeders
mikachi613 1st-Mar-2018 02:51 pm (UTC)
My main issue with this (aside from the obvious encouraging of terribly-behaved "fans") is that this is basically pimping out their artists. Any semblance of respect for their artists as human beings with an autonomous right to just exist (even in transit between schedules) has been completely thrown out the window in favor of SM basically selling them off to the highest bidder. Especially during a flight, where idols used to be able to just relax a tiny bit between locations and not worry too much about how they look or appear in public, they now don't really get a chance to rest.

yixingsforehead 1st-Mar-2018 02:52 pm (UTC)
i can't link it properly, but!
https://youtu.be/MNkhgYuQCsc 1:39:05
way too relevant.

i remember some cruises on the mediterranean with some pop acts, even those are like ?! to me, but like... being on the same plane?

honeebs 1st-Mar-2018 02:56 pm (UTC)
So they are working even when traveling and
I bet they are flying free. Because if SM can gaurentee a full flight they worked out a deal to get a cut for booking.
So like a celeb cruises BUT you are inviting idol stalkers and giving them easy access.
Cool idea but that's a bit much if they are aware fans are kids/teens/young adults who has that money like that?
sayuridoll 1st-Mar-2018 03:15 pm (UTC)

The bullet before it says “in-flight event” so I assume more stuff will be happening in the air?? I think that’s weird.


vintage_boom 1st-Mar-2018 05:50 pm (UTC)
it's prob just them saying "Hey!" or maybe an acoustic perf. there isn't much you can do on a plane in economy class. rihanna did something similar with her 777 tour (though that was mostly press)

Edited at 2018-03-01 05:51 pm (UTC)
broadcities 1st-Mar-2018 03:50 pm (UTC)
wtf. aren't a lot of sm artists especially calling out sasaengs? why encourage this? (i know the answer is money/capitalism etc.)
marinamirabella 1st-Mar-2018 03:55 pm (UTC)
Seems like SM is converting their business into host club LOL Will their artists became legal excusite escorts some day, I wonder?
thebloomroom 1st-Mar-2018 04:11 pm (UTC)
lmao omg. what a con too, as if the economu class fans will be able to get into the upper decks or first class rows. they better put a tom of security. sm is such trash
blu_eyezz 1st-Mar-2018 04:36 pm (UTC)
Gosh imagine having to be "working"/on edge all the time in a 9 hour flight (enclosed space, no escape...)
They won't even be able to get some rest/sleep, this is such a recipe for disaster >.> smh!
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