I know personal electronic device rules are all over the place; don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that we are now able to use small devices like a phone or a tablet from gate to gate but just what is that small size nowadays.
What I mean is that many tablets now have a keyboard. Sure you can fold them away and they look just like a tablet and are OK-ish to be used and held from gate to gate. But there are limits. Clearly.
On my flight to the Arizona Boneyard, that is, our flight from Salt Lake City to Phoenix, the man in 1A (of all seats) had his laptop out as soon as he sat down at the gate and never stopped “coding” as we taxied out, took off, and about half way through the flight.
Is this really OK?
Oh and this was not a tiny laptop either. Plus, since he was in the bulkhead row, he should not have had a laptop out anyway as it cannot be put under the seat during takeoff (yes I think no laptops in the setback is dumb but still).
Before you ask, the flight attendant did not seem to notice the man still had his laptop out but there has to be some personal responsibility to listen when a crew member tells you it is time to put it away (I know I do).
From situations like this to folks who never turn off their cell phones to any number of other rule breakers all clearly think “they” are above the rules and they don’t apply to them. Is there risk to us for what they are doing? I really don’t know as that is not my area of expertise.
I guess I would love your input on this. Is this, or half of the other rules I have mentioned, OK to break? Are there good reasons for them or are they out of date? – René