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Investigation Into Sexist Message On Train

Posted by Fay Bromilow on

LED displays have varied uses and can be incredibly helpful, particularly if you need to share varied messages with customers or travellers throughout the day.

You’ll see these kinds of displays on trains, usually telling you what stops are coming up and notifying you of other relevant messages from the train operator.

However, the importance of keeping access to the system secure was recently highlighted by an incident on a CrossCountry service between Basingstoke and Reading.

A notice stating ‘Only fit birds on this train’ flashed up on the LED displays several times, and it was there long enough for some passengers to capture it with their phones.

CrossCountry has stated that an investigation is underway and that they are doing everything possible to get to the bottom of the incident.

While some passengers found it funny, others were offended by the remarks. Tomasz Nicpon, a father of one, said that he thought the remark was “very sexist”, adding that it left him upset. “I sometimes travel by train with my five-year-old daughter. How would I be able to explain this message to her?” he stated.

Mr Nicpon added that some passengers suggested the person in control of the messaging board was drunk. However, he believed someone unauthorised had managed to access the controls to write the text.

However it happened, it’s been embarrassing for CrossCountry and highlights the importance of keeping all of your digital systems secure.

This isn’t the first time that this kind of system has been breached. In September last year, an LED display run by Telford Council displayed an adult website in what the council described as a “security glitch”.

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