Do you ignore or obey the directions of the companions on board? Do you dispute those who do not respect them?
I do not have many flights on active duty, but in those made so far, I have met different people who ignored the messages and indications of the companions on board. Such a case I encountered on the flight Bucharest - Timisoara - Bucharest. A young man was playing on the phone and ignored the message to close it. I took my heart to my teeth and brought it to my attention. I mean, my safety is above anything else.
He also wrote about a similar event Maria Vasiliu. Below is the story!
On a recent flight from Chicago to Philadelphia, Melissa Brown sat next to a young passenger whose actions may or may not have led to the plane crashing. Should he have claimed it or just let him see about his business? The dilemma, as you may have guessed, refers to a traveler who refused to turn off his electronic device.
"The captain made all the announcements before the flight," recalls Brown, who works for a Philadelphia tour operator. “The upright chairs, the high tables, all the electronic devices on the off”.
Ah, but the 20 and some passengers next to her had other ideas.
"Any game he played on his cellphone was far more important than the rules we all have to follow in the plane. He went so far that he hid his phone under his hat every time the flight attendant passed by him to do the last checks before taking up the strap, "said Melissa Brown. "The mobile phone was not switched off even once during the entire flight."
The Federal Aviation Administration categorically prohibits in-flight use of wireless devices due to potential interference with the aircraft's navigation system, but also with communication systems. This regulation also includes shutting down all portable electronic devices, such as iPods and DVD players.
In the history of aviation there is no concrete case of accident caused by an electronic terminal. And regulation is about to change. At the end of last year, the director of the Federal Communications Commission sent a letter to the FAA asking for greater use of tablets, e-readers and other portable devices during the flight. For most airline passengers, this proposal seemed long awaited. It is difficult to find any tangible evidence that the use of a mobile phone or iPod would ever interfere with an airplane's navigation system. Or lead to a plane crash.
Let's get back to the dilemma. What can a passenger like Brown ultimately do? If she asks the young man to turn off the device, it may become hostile. Spending two hours next to someone who is raging has no laughter. And yet if he doesn't comply? Informing the flight attendant could turn it into an aggressive one.
I also remembered a situation from August 2012, when on the Bucharest-Timisoara flight, with Carpatair, an Italian passenger did not want in his head to give up his laptop. She continued to write emails in a cheerful way. I asked him in all the languages he knew to stop. At first it was pretended that he did not understand very well what we were communicating, on the accompanying board a trick leaving the screen down at least 4 times. Before the announcement of landing, feeling in the side and the frightened looks of an older gentleman, I decided (although it is not ethical nor common sense) to take attitude. A few seconds before the new e-mail began to be drafted, I reached out to "sit my purse under the front seat better" and "accidentally" pressed the laptop's power button. Elegantly, I apologized and the Italian approved with a smile. I saw the old man breathing lightly. I think it was his first flight.
To choose not to say anything, you are indisputably complicit in violating federal law. An old federal law, but still a law. When do you say something about the behavior of another passenger? For example, should you immediately "chase" a stranger, who is near you, when he loosens his belt before completely stopping the aircraft? Or do you wait until someone clearly puts the lives of other passengers in danger?
Where do you draw the line? This is the question!