Category Archives: cell phones

Cell phones on the airplane

Recently on Twitter.com Times Travel asked me who I thought the worst type of passenger was. I wrote, “a business class passenger who does not get an upgrade and ends up in coach.”

But not all business class passengers who end up in coach are bad. In fact, business class passengers are actually my favorite passengers. They know the drill. They know exactly what to expect. So there’s no “on my last flight…” or “what do you mean there aren’t any magazines or pillows?”

The truth is the worst type of passenger is the kind of passenger who thinks he/she travels often, but in reality he/she only travels a few times a year, which isn’t really all that often, not compared to frequent fliers today. Yet they have no problem letting me know just how often they fly (which isn’t all that often) when they’re doing something they shouldn’t be doing, something a frequent flier knows not to do, like use a cell phone after the flight attendant has made the announcement that it’s time to turn off and stow all electronic devices.

The following scenario actually took place on board one of my flights…

We’re on the tarmac in Chicago and the flight attendant is walking down the aisle while the safety video is on and she sees a passenger on his cell phone talking and says, “Sir, you need to turn your cell phone off!”

He tells whomever he’s talking to on the phone to hold on a minute, and then he covers the mouthpiece with his hand and asks the flight attendant, “what flight number is this?”

Shaking her head, the flight attendant says, “Sir, you can’t be on your phone right now! The safety video is on. You need to turn it off.” She points to the video monitor and it’s at that part where the guy in the suit reaches up and grabs the oxygen mask and places it over his nose and mouth, looking way too relaxed for a guy who has just placed an oxygen mask over his nose and mouth because he’s probably going through a decompression or something and should probably be hyperventilating along with the rest of us.

Leave a comment

Filed under Airline, Airplane, business traveler, cell phones, Dating passengers, electronic devices, flight attendant, frequent flier, plane, Safety, Safety Demo, Times Travel, Twitter

TURN IT OFF NOW!

We’re on the tarmac in Chicago and the flight attendant is walking down the aisle while the safety video is on and she sees this passenger on his cell phone talking and she’s like, Sir, you need to turn your cell phone off! And he’s like, hold on a minute, to whoever he’s talking to on the phone, and then he covers the mouthpiece with his hand and asks the flight attendant, what flight number is this? The flight attendant is all, Sir, you can’t be on your phone right now! The safety video is on. You need to turn it off. She’s all pointing at the safety video and it’s at that part where the guy in the suit reaches up and grabs the oxygen mask and places it over his nose and mouth, looking way too relaxed for a guy who has just placed an oxygen mask over his nose and mouth because he’s probably going through a decompression or something and should probably be hyperventilating with the rest of us. The man on the phone tells his friend to hold on again and says, I JUST NEED TO KNOW THE FLIGHT NUMBER, MA’AM! My colleague tells him she doesn’t know the flight number, which is kind of weird because I swear I saw her looking at our flight itinerary like five seconds ago when I asked her if she knew the flight number. TURN IT OFF she demands, making her eyes all squinty, which makes her look a little crazy and has zero affect on the man because he’s just looking at her as if it’s no big deal there’s a flight attendant screaming at him and looking all crazy. He tells his friend that the flight attendant is not being very helpful. That she’s putting a lot of stress on him. This only makes her put even more stress on him because she says TURN THE DAMN PHONE OFF NOW! RIGHT NOW! which not only makes him jump, but also works because he actually turns it off and puts it away.

8 Comments

Filed under cell phones, Chicago, electronic devices, safety video