SeeTheWorld From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1329 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2932 times:
When was the DCA 30-minute seat belt regulation lifted? And how were pilots reminded to enforce it during that period, i.e. NOTAM?
I flew to DCA on Spirit yesterday from FLL, and not only did the pilots enforce the rule, but they said it was a 60-minute rule. As I left the aircraft, I mentioned to the pilot that the 30-minute seat regulation was lifted years ago. He mentioned this was his first flight into DCA, and didn't realize it. He was very nice and thanked me for informing him. Since I live in DC, I fly in and out of DCA every month or so, and this is the first time a pilot has enforced that non-existant regulation since it was lifted. Has anyone else had this experience?
I've had it happen recently as well or variations on that theme; one time it was 45 minutes, and another time on UA the pilots said that because of TSA security rules, passengers flying in and out of DCA were forbidden to use the first class lav, even if you were in first class. I get the sense that airlines don't communicate changes in the rules that well.
GriffAir From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2699 times:
Quoting CatIII (Reply 3): I get the sense that airlines don't communicate changes in the rules that well.
SOME airlines don't get it because their operations support organization just doesn't keep up and their communication with operations /dispatch is dismal to unprofessional. Other airlines GOT IT, when they were supposed to, communicated it to all that needed to know, and do not enforce the discarded regulation.
Oh, silly me .... what was I thinking. It's almost a signal TO get out of the seat, just like 'turn off all electronic equipment' seems to be the trigger for some to make that 'really' important phone call to the wife.
Actually, it's like watching a bunch of 5-year olds being told to do something by their parents. The women sitting next to me yesterday actually hid her Blackberry every time the F/A walked past, and then got it out again and read her email when he wasn't looking ... she giggled to me, and I replied that I didn't find it funny at all!
I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!