Monday, October 15, 2007
This article here outlines atypical airline flight attendant mentality when it comes to using ipods and other devices on an airplane in flight. Of course, this isn't true for all flight attendants, but I've seen it enough to know that how the rules are applied depends on the mood and attitude of the airline employee and with where you sit. Up front? The rules don't always apply. Sitting in back? They almost always do. Why "almost"? Because that depends if you are in a premium (elite) section or are sitting back in stowage.
The reality is that if mobile phones (or any device) posed a serious threat to the safety and security of the flight, those devices wouldn't even be allowed on, let alone near a plane. And flight attendant behavior would be as predictable as their pre-flight safety instructions. Period.
I've been on flights where I've been able to use my ipod+Bose headphones right through landings and takeoff. Of course, this is usually when I'm in first class and when you sit up front, where most of the so called "rules" don't always apply.
The best is when someone leaves their phone on in the overhead bin and it rings right after take off. (yes, I've seen this happen) Again, if its such a threat, why didn't the flight attendants spring up to locate and disable the offending device?
In the end, be nice, courteous, polite and smile when you obey their requests. No matter how silly the "rules" are. ;-)