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IFE showing map of arrival into Paris from Dubai

This was taken in a Emirates flight Dubai-Paris in December 2015.

  • What are on these 2 locations?
  • Why these numbers? Are they dates?
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    $\begingroup$ A picture of the map would help as I have no idea what you are talking about. $\endgroup$ – SMS von der Tann Jan 2 '16 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ @SMSvonderTann sorry it took me a while to find a way to compress the image < 2Mb $\endgroup$ – RockScience Jan 2 '16 at 19:20
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    $\begingroup$ It's pretty clear what he's asking. Shouldn't it be closed as offtopic instead? $\endgroup$ – oldmud0 Jan 2 '16 at 22:15
  • $\begingroup$ @oldmud0 The closed vote were raised before picture uploaded $\endgroup$ – Him Jan 2 '16 at 23:01
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    $\begingroup$ better suited for Travel SE? $\endgroup$ – szulat Jan 2 '16 at 23:17
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The number may stands for the year of the ships sunk.

1864 may correspond to CSS Alabama (Arabic: ألاباما), a Confederate States Navy Screw sloop which was sunk on June 1864 at the Battle of Cherbourg. The wreck is at 49°45′9″N, 1°41′42″W.

1922 may correspond to SS Egypt (Arabic: مصر), a British ocean liner which was sunk after a collision with SS Seine on 20 May 1922. The wreck is located near 48°10′N, 5°29′W.


As @mins mention in comment, there are other wrecks appearing on the map in IFE, including Mary Rose 1545 near Portsmouth and San Pedro de Alcantara 1786 near Peniche.

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    $\begingroup$ Interesting! Do you have any idea why this would appear on the customer screen of a commercial flight? $\endgroup$ – RockScience Jan 2 '16 at 21:32
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    $\begingroup$ @RockScience I don't know. but the map services is usually contract out, not provided by the airlines, and sometimes not even the inflight entertainment system providers themselves. $\endgroup$ – Him Jan 2 '16 at 21:56
  • $\begingroup$ Out of interest how did you get to this great answer? Did you translate the Arabic, google and cross-correlate the two numbers, or just have a brainwave? $\endgroup$ – IanF1 Jan 2 '16 at 22:21
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    $\begingroup$ @RockScience intuition $\endgroup$ – Him Jan 2 '16 at 22:57
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    $\begingroup$ Related on Airliners.net. $\endgroup$ – mins Jan 3 '16 at 1:35

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