Trouble with Airline Codes

Nothing like having an easily-confused airline code:

Kirsch Municipal Airport carries an unfortunate IATA identifier code and, if this comment to the Google Maps forum is genuine, it’s starting to wind up the local jet charter firm.

‘IRS’ is the common abbreviation for the Internal Revenue Service but, in Google’s geographic database, a search for ‘IRS’ doesn’t bring up the US Government’s mighty tax machine but rather a small airport in the northwest corner of Sturgis, Michigan.

“About two months ago we started receiving phone calls from individuals wanting to contact the Internal Revenue Service,” says the forum poster, whose name ‘raijets’ matches that of a Kirsch air charter company.

“We get 20-50 calls a day for the Internal Revenue Service – even after hours and on weekends.

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