I have been flying for the better part of three days as of right now and have had two ladies in a row, both of them working for banks, with 2 cell phones each. They were both VERY loud talkers so I had to put my noise canceling headphones on right away once I took my seat just to not get a headache.
But what really steamed me is these kinds of people who just totally ignore the devices in non- transmitting mode once the boarding door closes. The first lady, who worked for Barclays bank, not only had two phones but a tablet that was on as well so she had 3 devices on the whole time. The one I am now sitting next to went from dual texting until she lost cell service to jumping on GoGo with both devices.
Now first off I am personally in the camp that there is no issue using your cell phone whenever you want on a plane but those are currently NOT the rules nor am a tech person who knows one way or the other if doing so really DOES put the jet at risk. So, since I am told to turn my phone off, I do. I follow the direction of the crew.
But clearly a ton of folks don’t. One of my most favorite lines from an FA was something like:
“Please make an effort to pretend you have turned off your cell phone and put it in airplane mode”
And is that not the truth of the matter. I mean really folks. At this point “they” say it is dangerous and can have an effect on the jet so lady you are potentially impacting my life by keeping your many phones on during takeoff. I will bet you “bankers money” she will turn them both back on as soon as GoGo cuts off.
Can anything be THAT important?
The first Barclay’s lady kept talking long after the door closed and I was shocked that the FA’s let her keep yammering on as we started to push back (it could have been because she was in DelatONE transcon but to me rules are rules no matter who you are). Plus, having heard most of her conversation through my headphones, nothing she said was very important.
You tell me please. What would you do? Do you say something to the FA? Do you make it uncomfortable to sit next to your seat mate for the next many hours? Does it matter to have non transmitting cell phones and tablets and are they a risk? – René
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