27F

To my neighbor in seat 27F:

I get it. You like to read. Your gigantic Kindle was already on and in your lap when I arrived in our row. You clicked through page after page as the plane slowly boarded. And when they made the announcement that all electronic devices needed to be shut down for takeoff, you continued to read. I thought at first that maybe you didn’t hear the announcement, or perhaps were so engrossed in your book that you forgot you were reading it on an electronic device. But no. When the flight attendant came by, you flipped the case cover up, so it looked like you were reading from a large leather portfolio, which was a dick move, if you’ll pardon my French.

Now, I can understand if you think it’s a stupid rule. And I agree, it kind of is. But when you buy a ticket on a plane, you agree to abide by the rules of the airline and the FAA. If you can’t stop reading long enough to abide by the rules that come with your seat, then maybe the Kindle isn’t for you. Go back to paper.

Sincerely,
The woman in 27E

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5 thoughts on “27F

  1. sprite March 13, 2010 / 2:50 am

    Ooh! The guy next to me on the flight out to San Diego did that, too! Oddly enough, it was the only time he broke out the Kindle — when we were taking off and when we were landing…

  2. Mom March 13, 2010 / 6:45 am

    Thanks for the link; I’d never looked them up. For that price 27F and all the others like her could read a LOT of large print books. Show off!! PS – have a fun day in TX 🙂

  3. common loon March 13, 2010 / 8:45 am

    Did you actually SAY anything? I mean, if the parents of some small child elsewhere on the plane turned off the ever-important peacekeeping video, and that CHILD complied (even begrudgingly), why shouldn’t everyone else? Even a small comment like, “I value my safety so would you consider being less selfish and complying with the rules you agreed to when you bought your stinkin’ ticket by cutting your electrical umbical for the next few moments until we touch the ground, preferably wheels first?” After getting rebuffed, you could even ask a flight attendent why the rules don’t apply to all passengers. Let me be clear, I agree that there are many completely idiotic airline flight rules…many many…too many to enumerate…but they still apply to everyone who flies. And there will be more rules in an attempt to control the stupidity that results from people who don’t follow the rules (because they were too into Kindle?), so please help STOP THE MADNESS!

  4. Rudi March 13, 2010 / 10:36 am

    Actually, the rules for shutoff of electronic devices should apply more to the Kindle as it is a wireless transmission device due to its built-in cellular connection. While this feature can be turned off (as it can on any modern cell phone with an “airplane mode”), I’m not sure that many Kindle users bother. And since the Kindle uses GSM cell technology (like AT&T and T-Mobile use), it tends to broadcast a really annoying “rat-a-tat” noise when trying to connect to a cell relay. That noise would be heard on the in-flight communications system used by pilots and flight attendants, as well as the in-flight entertainment system and could interfere with electronic flight controls (not likely, but technically possible).

    Still, folks who think they are exceptions to the rule “because it’s not a phone or MP3 player” are pompous idiots.

  5. common loon March 13, 2010 / 8:50 pm

    @ Rudi: To add onto what you typed, based on my former life…if you consider the world in which we now live, I would prefer not to be sitting next to the person braodcasting to anyone with some basic technology or 20+ year old weapons that “I’m hungry for a missile sandwich, please.” Especially during t/o and landings, when this public mode of transportation is especially vulnerable AND reachable.

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