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Chinese users of social media are starting the hashtag trend ‘Fake Plane to Challenge’ to persuade their followers that they are traveling to a luxury destination, when in fact they are not.
If you are eager to impress your social media followers, or one-up your jet-setting friend, who participate in the “fake plane to challenge” may be the perfect inspiration for your next post.
In the past few weeks, a Chinese hashtag that roughly translates to “how to pretend you’re on a plane,” the challenge is trending on Weibo, a Twitter-like social platform popular in China, according to The New York Post, and the craze has reportedly made up of more than 27 million views.
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For the perform of the now-viral trend, jokesters start the self-produced videos by playing footage of the sweeping aerial shots of the earth, like an eye would see from a plane window, surrounded by a plastic, oval-shaped frame. Slowly pan the camera out, pranksters reveal the supposedly beautiful vista nothing more than pieces of video that are being played from a smart phone, and the plane of the frame and to the handling of cleaning products — or even a toilet seat.
Without this context, however, the “fake plane to challenge” imagery is, perhaps, quite convincing of legitimate travel.
According to news site NextShark, the challenge first popped up with images shared with video-sharing platform TikTok. The “fake plane to challenge” is said to have taken around the lunar New year on Feb. 5, “after billions of journeys were made in the whole country.”
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Of course, Twitter users had a lot to say about the new trend of centralisation.
“HAHAHAHA,” wrote online.
“If you are on a budget, but you still need to impress on Instagram,” another joked.
Others, meanwhile, apparently not to the rage to be so funny.
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“The fake plane to challenge? I don’t like people more with each passing day,” a critic wisecracked.
“People need to get real hobbies,” another skeptic was agree.