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  •  My last flight the group of three across the aisle (4+ / 0-)

    all had their smart phones on and were viewing videos and other actions during takeoff and landing.  I don't believe they were texting or calling, but they were definitely going against the rules.  No clue whether they were in any kind of "airplane mode".

    I know, apparently planes are better shielded than they used to be against EMI, but the announcements are still made to not do it, smart phones are having more powerful capabilities what with wifi, bluetooth, the sharing of data by touching phones and who knows what other means of electronic emissions they make and it highly annoyed me that those guys may have been putting the flight in danger.  Maybe it's not even a 1% chance, but given the fact that three were doing it, that ups the chances and I really wanted to confiscate their phones for the flight - to be returned by the flight attendant after they disembarked.  I don't have the power to do that, yet they took the power to endanger me.

    /rant off.

    •  Last three transAtlantic flights I was on had no (1+ / 0-)
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      on-board entertainment.  You take away my iPhone and there's going to be a battle, ColoTim!

      I can show you easily the flight mode it's in, if you ask nicely, but if I need to entertain myself for 6-8 hours, I'm going to need something!

      There's a greater chance of getting hit by lightening or a bird strike, by the way.

      •  I would have not been annoyed had they shut (4+ / 0-)

        the things off during takeoff and landing, as the flight attendants requested.  That they put their entertainment over their and everyone else's safety because presumably they knew better was why I would have removed their phones for the flight (a 2 1/2 hour flight).  I know how to put my phone into flight mode for the majority of the flight but during takeoff and landing, phones and handheld electronics aren't supposed to be on, period.  These guys were actively using their phones.

        •  It doesn't matter, the phones are zero threat (0+ / 0-)

          This is a very silly rule that simply breeds disrespect for other rules.

          To be a Republican, you have to believe that our economic problems are caused by the poor having too much money and the rich not having enough.

          by Tommy Jones the Band on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 11:59:13 AM PDT

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    •  it's not so much the potential danger, (6+ / 0-)

      or so I've been told, but the fact that people who are texting and phoning during takeoff and landing won't pay attention to safety instructions and won't react fast enough if there's an emergency.

      But you can't tell the traveling public there's a chance they might wind up in a fiery ball, so it has to be couched in terms of electronic communications.

      Great Questions of Western Philosophy: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

      by Mnemosyne on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 04:38:57 PM PDT

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    •  Phones, etc are ZERO threat to airplanes (0+ / 0-)

      That has been proven by several entities.

      If a device could bring down a plane that easily, they wouldn't be allowed on the plane and they certainly wouldn't just trust that everyone turned theirs off when they were asked.

      It's a silly rule and should be abolished because it just lessens respect for other, actually meaningful, rules.

      To be a Republican, you have to believe that our economic problems are caused by the poor having too much money and the rich not having enough.

      by Tommy Jones the Band on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 11:58:05 AM PDT

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