Turkish Airlines hoped its 'Flow Through Istanbul' initiative would highlight a "poetic journey" through the city, but instead hundreds of people are using the thread to point out the untimely association to jihadi fighters leaving Europe to fight for the so-called Islamic State.
It’s more than just a city. Are you ready to take a poetic journey into Istanbul? #flowthroughistanbulNovember 22, 2015
Once the airline's tweet was promoted, people reacted almost immediately.
British jihadis #flowthroughIstanbul— Sam Purchase (@Sam_Purchase) November 23, 2015
— Jon B (@jonny_b69) November 23, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
Most Daesh #flowthroughistanbul— Jim Rabbitts (@GM8LFB) November 23, 2015
'Promoted hashtag' #flowthroughistanbul straight into Syria.
Was the first thing I thought of.— TheDutyPaid (@TheDutyPaid) November 23, 2015
In March this year, three young men from north west London were detained by police at Istanbul's airport after reportedly travelling first to Spain then to the country on their way to Syria.
In February, two schoolgirls from east London dodged Turkish intelligence officials while passing through Istanbul on their way to Syria and have since reportedly married husbands selected by Isis.
However, not all has been lost for the airline. The promoted video which accompanies the hashtag has received compliments.
Slightly absurd hashtag, but the footage is beautiful. Great city, food and people. I was practically raised here! #flowthroughistanbul— Esin Huseyin (@esin_huseyin) November 23, 2015
The campaign continues to be promoted on the social network. HuffPost UK has contacted Turkish Airlines for comment.