I had a long delayed flight, and so got to observe people in the airport. Most people are just tense, but this time I saw something new for me. While waiting, a businessman type goes to the counter and asks to be put on standby for our flight. By the time we leave, we were only about 15 minutes away from his original flight time. He still got on. After checking with the counter at least once every 5 minutes.
The flight attendant was like the high school teacher from hell—bossy and pretty exasperated with us all. We heard the no cell phone announcement at least 5 or 6 times, each time angrier sounding.
I happened to be sitting beside the business man. He was playing some sort of game on his fancy blackberry phone. He listened to each announcement, and then went back to playing the cell game. While we were taxiing up to the runway. The flight attendant finally came by and told him to turn the phone off. He actually said ‘Yes.’ But moved the phone to his belt clip so fast that she did not see that it was off. She asked. It was still on.
As soon as she left. back to the game.
When we got close to the ground, he turned the cell back on and started playing. Again 5 or 6 angry sounding no cell announcements.
I am not a stickler for rules, but I was getting a bit agitated about all this. If there is a safety concern, I don’t really want to get into an accident because some guy loves his cell phone Breakout.
On the other I hand, my wife showed me an article that airlines are starting to sell airtime for cell phones on the flights; perhaps the safety issue is a myth.