Most people that have flown in recent years know there are limitations on the use of electronic devices on planes. The reason for this is, such devices could cause interference with aircraft navigational instruments. So in my mind anyone with a half a brain should know enough to NOT use their cell phones or their laptops (with internet access) while in flight.
Well it looks like there are a large number of people that own cell phones and laptops with wireless capabilities, that lack one thing A BRAIN.
On a recent flight to Vancouver I saw at least two people attempting to use their cell phones and sitting next to me was an idiot that checked his email and surfed the net for half the flight. When I got back I told this to a couple coworkers and rather than be PO’d as I was they defended these idiots. It seems that all too many people have the idea that they know better than the airlines. One guy I was talking to said “the airlines are behind the time the navigational equipment is well shielded now,” another said “ wasn’t it broad daylight when you flew … Its not like it was night and he couldn’t see were he was going.” Another said that the restrictions are just to prevent disturbing other passengers.
Get a grip people ! these are the rules whether you like it or not, and God help you if you can’t live without your Blackberries and cell phones and laptops.
There are a number of things you can do to keep these toys running during the flight. First you can download your email before you leave the airport terminal and check it on rout without being online, and you can do the same for your blackberry. Some airlines provide phones onboard (though most of the time they are not working) and if you want to be entertained there are radio and movie services on almost all flights.
Would I have been within my rights if I yanked the laptop away from the idiot beside me, after all I could say I was just trying to protect the lives of everyone on board?