Cell phones and planes are like oil and water. Whether it's Alec Baldwin refusing to turn his iPhone off during take-off because of a game of Words With Friends, or it's a Delta flight making an emergency landing because of a phone charging in the bathroom -- the two just don't go together. On Monday, a flight headed from Istanbul to New York made a last-minute landing in Dublin because -- brace yourself -- a passenger found a cell phone -- with its charger wrapped around it -- in the bathroom. I smell an annoying new TSA rule ...
Apparently, the passenger who reported the incident somehow, someway, thought the phone was a bomb. After the plane landed, Irish police officers came aboard the plane to investigate the "threat." Once they realized it was just a silly ol' phone, the plane was able to continue its journey to New York. Doesn't sound annoying at all.
Now, as totally ridiculous and insane as I find this story to be (how does one mistake a cell for a bomb?), I think everyone needs to chill out with their phones on flights. What's the obsession, people?
I feel like I'm always half-listening to debates on whether or not people should have to turn their phones off while flying. And I've been privy to plenty of folk who have to wait to the very last second to shut their things down. And then there's this guy or gal who had to charge their crap in the airport bathroom. WTF?
Personally, I like the fact that we're instructed to turn off our phones (and that we get no reception) on planes. It's unadulterated me-time. A couple of overly-priced, overly-sugared cocktails, a fist full of Us Weeklies, maybe a cheesy Sandra Bullock movie. Where else is that behavior acceptable? Where else can you behave that way without feeling guilty? Nowhere.
Flying. It's the perfect excuse disconnect for a few hours. And the perfect excuse to act like a lazy, alcoholic sloth.
What do you do on planes to pass the time?
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