Saying “I Love You” at 35,000 Feet, From Seat 7B
Flight attendants are not inherently anti-romantic or anti-social, they’re just brainwashed when it comes to using cell phones in the air.
“Please switch off all mobile phones as they can interfere with the aircraft’s rafts navigation system,” is the flight attendant’s mantra.
But there is no verifiable reason why one shouldn’t use a cell phone on a plane.
We’re told it may interfere with mobile networks on the ground. But that makes no sense.
If cell phones were so dangerous to the plane’s navigation system, why allow them on board in the first place?
Many phones are left on by mistake (including mine), and some people make furtive phone calls in the air.
Really,there is no good reason why cell phones should be turned off in flight.
At least none anyone can prove.
One International Air Transport Association (IATA) study did report 75 incidents of “possible electronic interference believed linked to mobile phones and other electronic devices.”
That was between 2003 and 2009.
Imagine the total number of flights flown in those 6 years! Seventy-five “possible electronic interferences” is a statistical nonentity.
Birds and weather are greater threats.
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Arianna Huffington, the out-spoken founder of the Huffington Post, blatantly used her Blackberry on a Dulles to LaGuardia flight last year. According to an irate passenger, she chatted and texted the entire time, openly.
The Washington Post’s Reliable Source reported that the “blog empress” was confronted by the passenger, and both were pulled aside and questioned when the plane landed.
No one was charged.
The New York Post identified the passenger as Ellis Belodoff (53) who scolded Huffington and heckled her by asking, “Hey, Lady, don’t you speak English?” apparently referring, of all things, to her accent.
Huffington, of course, is Greek-born, speaks English exceptionally well and was not the least bit amused. She reportedly thought the passenger was upset because he didn’t like the snacks.