Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 27 Jun 2013
Total posts 69
Returning tonight on a flight, and something struck me as really rude. The passenger a few seats away was watching their iPad with no headphones. Just plain old speakers turned upon front while he watched his show. (FYI Row 4, so I assume they are a very regular traveller, not some holiday maker)
So brains trust, how would you react in this situation? Is it just accepted now, like it is on a train or other public transport? Should staff on board fix this? Should I say something?
Member since 24 Aug 2018
Total posts 24
Normally I would argue against pushing somebody out of the emergency exit mid-flight. But there is an exception to every rule
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 404
There are plenty of morons out there who lack etiquette. Every time i see that, i make sure i go home and teach my kids about what i learnt from that experience/episode, so they can be better citizens.
Member since 06 Sep 2017
Total posts 8
I would have asked the flight attendant to get him to turn it down. I'm sure you were not the only frustrated person. Besides, you need to be able to hear instructions and announcements.
Unfortunately, I have to concur with the other comments about inconsiderate mindless bogans.
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 244
It's self-help now unfortunately. I carry a good set of foam earplugs.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 10 Nov 2011
Total posts 102
Back in the travelling times (they haven't resumed for me yet) I'd see this all the time in lounges. Also people having extrememly loud phone conversations, often on speakerphone. And a number of times I've overhears calls with what really is commercially sensitive information. It's unbelievable. But also annoyed that lounge staff don't do anything when someone is clearly disrupting everyone around them.
Member since 03 May 2013
Total posts 164
Lots of corporate demi gods out there too who act like nothing short of obnoxious pigs when it comes to etiquette at hotels or in-flight.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 08 Jun 2018
Total posts 144
Personal view is that in situations like that then cabin crew should be saying something. I would welcome clear signage in lounges and perhaps on board that phones / tablets can only be used with headphones. It has certainly become more of an issue.
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 396
The answer is ..
on most civilised airlines (both domestic and international) it is a function of the cabin crew to offer a complimentary pair of wired in-ear plugs or a headset with a gentle reminder that other passengers may be within 'hearing range' of his/her device.
I would have no problem with quietly advising a flight attendant that said individual's lack of courtesy was impairing my ability to concentrate. COVID conditions should have no sublimating effect - after all, with reduced in-cabin services, there should be sufficient time to address such issues IMHO.
Originally Posted by kimshep
Originally Posted by tripleplatinum2
"Gutless"? No, definitely not. On-board an aircraft, neither you, I or the offender run the show. That is why there are flight attendants. There is nothing wrong with mentioning this to a flight attendant - since it may be that the behavior may have escaped their attention. If not, I would consider that a dereliction of duty.
By your OWN admission upthread, your direct intervention yielded a less than satisfactory result, to whit:
"Yep selfish bogan move - I encountered the same in a restaurant the other day and copped the usual aggressive 'F$#@ off!' from the bogan."
So thank you for your advice, which I will understandably ignore.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 255
It can be quite useful for you to join in the conversation, ask the caller to repeat something or spell someone's name. That will get the message across.
huh ? Is this comment in the wrong thread perchance, John?
Member since 09 Apr 2017
Total posts 54
kimshep, I think John is referring to loud speaker phone conversations, where entering the conversation (might, hopefully) indicate just how disruptive the conversation is. Though in my experience, these people couldn't give a damn and are more likely to thump you than comply.
Member since 06 Jul 2016
Total posts 15
I would just speak to the noisy pax myself, and have done several times. My most annoying incident was when a man was watching camel racing at full volume!
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