LAX Plane Spotting Cults

There are two groups of guys who plane spot at LAX — Los Ángeles International Airport — the best international airport in my opinion. Both groups of these plane spotting guys have developed this cult following. I don’t understand this phenomenon at all, other than it’s a form of insanity, and a lot of lonely and needy people need a messiah figure in their life, which these guys become to the viewers. Why are guys who show up with a camera to plane spot worshipped and glorified and considered celebrities? Some cultist referred to them as “rock stars.” I. Don’t. Think. So. Anybody can do what they do after they learn how to use their camera, and are good at following moving objects such as planes and know the basics of uploading a video to YT.

And there are some weird people that these plane spotters attract. In the comments, they write almost copy and paste comments of each other gushing with hype and praise over each video stream and telling the plane spotter guy to, “have a well-deserved dinner and a well-deserved rest.” What? WTF? Two commenters do that on nearly every video stream.

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The plane spotting guy is told, “Awesome stream today.” He responds with, “And awesome to meet you.” How original. “Awesome and amazing, awesome and amazing, awesome and amazing, awesome and amazing, ” That is a theme that will be repeated throughout this article because it’s the main theme with the plane spotting guys and their cultists. Everything (literally) is described as “Awesome and amazing,” including in the cultists’ gushing comments under the videos where they act like a paid cheer leading squad for these guys, where they write stuff such as “Best Show Ever,” when really it was just another Sunday “show.” Not really any different than all the others. But the cultists feel the need to hype and gush over the most recent “stream” as if it were somehow better than all the previous “streams,” even when it wasn’t. Which implies that the previous “streams” were not the best they could be even though they too were hyped and gushed over as “the best show ever.” Yes, the cultists need hype and drama and talk out of both sides of their mouth in their attempt to give sainthood status to their messiah plane spotting guys. And “You guys are the best.” That’s the immature “team” mentality. Why does there have to be a best? Why don’t the cultists have the maturity to say that both groups of plane spotters do a good job? Well, that does require maturity, which most of these people don’t have. Some of the cultists live in Los Ángeles, but they have the small-town mentality of the fictional town called “Mayberry.” And in reality, nothing is awesome or amazing about the very mundane and boring task of showing planes landing and taking off for hours. I think that would get pretty boring to a camera person. Anybody with a camera and the proper gear could do it. But that’s how these two groups of plane spotters are described by their cultists. And of course the cultists with their juvenile team mentality declare that their guys (their team) are the best. Television news crews show planes landing and taking off on occasion and they’re never referred to as “awesome and amazing” or treated with celebrity/rock star status.

A guest of the plane spotters was asked how were the donuts at the top of the hotel. He said, “They were amazing.” What else would it be? A donut is amazing? Why not awesome? How was the donut any more special than any other donut? It wasn’t delicious? Or tasty? Or excellent? Or very sweet? No, it must be amazing, because everything is amazing and awesome. The repeated use of both words require no thought process. Just blurt them out on cue. Just like watching planes landing and taking off really requires no thought process either. Then one of the plane spotting guys said he needed to get back up to SFO. The guest from SFO said, “That would be awesome.” Of course, everything is awesome and amazing. Then there’s the stupid-is-in Valley Girl language of “like, like, like” every other word which sounds illiterate, and rather than say “I said” it’s “I go…” That’s how one of these plane spotting guys talks. Doesn’t set a very good example for English language proficiency. So now in our stupid-is-in pop culture, there are only two words for describing everything: Awesome and amazing. Again, that doesn’t require any thought process at all here in the Century of Insanity.

But thousands of people fall for the marketing gimmick of being referred to as “My friend” and we’re all part of a “[name of channel] family.” Most people fall for that gimmick used by the plane spotting guys because it’s a business for them. It is their income.

The Friends of the Friendless. In reality, that’s what these plane spotting guys are to their viewers when the truth be told. They are a “friend” to friendless people, who have nothing else to do in their day than to spend up to 10+ hours watching planes landing and taking off and talking with the other immature “adults” in the chat? That’s what the lonely and needy people in the chat remind me of. These lonely and needy people think of these plane spotting guys as their “friend,” and in their mind that makes these guys and anything they do “awesome and amazing.” Yeah, those words again. Because they finally have a celebrity friend of rock star status (at least in their mind). Even though most people in our society don’t know these guys from Adam and have never heard of them. BUT. If the cultists give money to these plane spotting guys, and don’t hear their name “on air,” they get pissed. Oh, so you only gave him money so you could hear your name “on air?” Needy, immature and attention-seeking, are we? If I gave them money, I wouldn’t want my name said “on air.” I don’t need that attention. I’d prefer to remain anonymous, which is a more mature approach. Then there are those in the chat who claim it’s their birthday — is it really or are they doing this for attention?; some people certainly do have a lot of birthdays, don’t they? — and they want happy birthday sung to them. (Oh brother!, roll eyes) Then there’s the “I’m going to be on that plane, will you show it?” Well yes, they will record the landing and or take-off of that plane, but “we” won’t know you from Adam. You won’t be visible to us on that plane. You’re just one of many people on the plane, so what’s the big deal about showing “your” plane? Sigh.

Sometimes, one of the channels — along with the toddlers in the chat — spend more time talking about burgers and who has the best burgers than they do about planes.

Where do these needy, attention-seeking and lonely people come from who have to be told they are “my friend” and “family?” Again, that’s the marketing gimmick used by both groups of guys. Well they come from all over the world really. There are that many lonely and needy people in the world.

As for these guys who plane spot, they’re both good at what they do. Oh excuse me, I guess I’m supposed to say “they’re awesome and amazing.” Again, that’s pretty much what everybody else says about anything these guys do: Awesome and amazing. The most overused words of our time. Both words have completely lost their original meaning from abuse, misuse and being used incorrectly and repeatedly. A fly could be on the lens of the camera and it would be called “awesome and amazing.” No, there is nothing “awesome and amazing” about a fly on the lens of a camera or about anybody’s live show. Sigh. But of course the cultists in the chat have a high school “my team is better than your team” mentality — that’s about the maturity level of these people; they didn’t mature beyond high school — so they have to tell their guys, “You guys are the best.” Me personally, I don’t play teams, so objectively speaking, I don’t consider one better than the other. They both do a good job of plane spotting. One is considerably more mature than the other and they both do different things. One is falsely accused of copy the other, but that’s rubbish. If the cultists were being honest and objective — which they don’t have the maturity to do because they immaturely feel they must play “teams,” — they would say: No, they don’t copy each other. They both do different things. For example, one plane spots from the top of a corporate hotel near LAX on occasion. The other guys have never done that as of this writing.

Enemies? These two groups of guys share the same interest in aviation, yet they’re rivals. Or should I say enemies? Strange. “We don’t talk about other channels” says those “mods” in the chat. They’re not allowed to talk about each other. Really weird when you consider that other businesses — and plane spotting is their business — who share a common interest talk about their competition and even promote them on occasion. But not these guys. If they had the maturity, they would promote each other because they share the same common interest. “Make sure you watch them. They’ll be here tomorrow, I think. We’ll be back the next day.” That’s what I would do. I would support my colleagues, not childishly act like they are a forbidden enemy. I also would not have any silly chat area for viewers to ask each other how they are and what they had for lunch and when they’re coming back from the bathroom!

The “mods” in the chat are not paid for the hours each day that they reprimand people and delete comments and “keep it clean” as it’s called (roll eyes), so for their verbal “compensation” the “mods” are called “awesome and amazing.” What else?! The mods would appear to have no life of their own to be on the chat for hours whenever the plane spotting guys are, and they are not on per a set schedule. Most of the people in the chat have the maturity of children. Again, there are a lot of lonely and needy people in the world, and many of them show up to serve as cultists for these plane spotting guys.

Medical doctors and other professionals accomplish far more than guys with a camera filming planes and medical doctors don’t get the same adoration and glorification as these guys with cameras. These plane spotting guys are treated like rock stars by the cultists. Apparently, many people think that anyone who is on camera is a celebrity. When in reality, anyone can buy a camera or phone and hook it up to YT and do the same thing. What gives that a celebrity status? And it’s best not to read the gushing comments which look like a copy and paste of each other each video. These guys are told by their cultists to have a well-deserved dinner and well-deserved rest and “mission accomplished,” — what mission was accomplished? Recording/filming planes landing and taking off? — and other gushing drivel.

In the chat, the immature people have to ask each other how they are, one by one. None of these people know each other. They’re all over the world. There are those who have to tell everyone what they’re eating and “would you like some?” How do they propose to deliver that food to that person? Sigh. Others announce that they’re going to lunch and when they come back. “I’m back now everybody.” Who cares? Others announce that they have to go to bed. Who cares about any of this?

Everyone thinks they are part of a “family” — “the airline family” — and have friends with each other because the plane spotting guys refer to them as “my friend” and “the family.” And, most people want to believe that, so they do.

Then the plane spotters go to other airports to plane spot. I don’t quite understand that when you’re already at the best airport, why go elsewhere? And there are usually plane spotters at other airports to begin with. Just watch their videos. Then there are those in the chat who aren’t very bright who suggest that the plane spotters come to their local podunk airport. What do they expect these guys to film there with the 1-2 planes arriving once a day? Insanity.

LAX is very interesting to watch and can be relaxing. It’s usually a very busy airport, it’s on the coast of Los Ángeles — it looks like it’s in the City — and it’s good to see scenes of Los Ángeles which they show, such as the Hollywood Hills or the famous Hollywood sign or downtown Los Ángeles and other areas. But watching it for hours? I don’t know about that. It gets repetitive. Planes landing and taking off pretty much all look the same after awhile.