I was watching this report on CNN regarding the use of electronic devices during air flights. Part of the report was attempting to answer the question: does your electronic device pose a threat to the planes functionality? It was inconclusive, but it made me think. I’ve flown some and on every flight there’s that one asshole that won’t turn off their device when instructed to. The asshole next to him/her won’t put their seat up and the list goes on. You find that most of the times, its Americans. People in this country take their personal liberties as entitlement to do whatever the fuck they want. There is no Constitutional amendment that says you don’t have to follow instructions. If the crew instructs you to turn your shit off, TURN IT OFF. Why is that so hard to do? In the 365 days of the year that 10-15 minutes of not having Lady Gaga blasting in your ear is not going to diminish the quality of your life. You will fucking survive, grow up. The reason they do it is to be safe. Whether or not it will cause the plane to crash is debatable, but why would you take that risk? How smart would your stubborn ass feel if you turned on your iPod and the damn engines shut off or the plane suddenly nose-dived? Who’s to say that hasn’t happened? There are a lot of unexplained crashes and no one survives to tell the story. I don’t think it’s funny that because you feel like you want to be a rebel bad ass and not turn off your toy, that everyone’s life should be put at risk. Or that you have to get that last bit of gossip in with your girlfriend. I think people who don’t follow pre-flight instructions should be made to ride out the flight in cargo.
On the flip side.. They should really not waste everyone’s time doing those demos on how to put on life jackets at the beginning of the flight. I could be wrong, but I don’t recall hearing that a plane went down in the ocean and they found survivors using their “flotation device”. I guess it’s better to have something to preoccupy your mind during your last moments than your pending horrific death. If the plane hits the water, most likely it’s either going to break up into little pieces and explode or sink with your ass strapped in the chair with your precious iPod headset on.