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User currently offlineTheSultanOfWing From El Salvador, joined Dec 2012, 140 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2886 times:

As per title.....what would you do?

Just to clarify, I am not one to peek at somebody else's screen (I'd like to think I have my own life) but it can not be avoided sometimes; at airports or malls or even when flying you do get the occasional glance at other people's screens / computers.

Say that you're seated next to somebody who's actively typing a post on here......would you say "hello" as a fellow member?
Just curious because I happened to see it the other day......it kind of of reminded me of this site (the unmistakable blue), and joined the next day!

Cheers,


FH


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User currently offlineHoMsaR From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2838 times:

Maybe try and get a glimpse of what thread they're posting to, then respond in that thread with some suggestion that you know where they are.

Well, now that I think of it, it does sound kinda creepy.

Buy 'em a snowglobe!



I was raised by a cup of coffee.
User currently onlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2045 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2828 times:

"Hey, I know this website too!"

Tell the person you're a user here. Smile. But not in a creepy way. If you've seen what he was typing, don't mention it. Feign some myopia.



Perhaps this person will write soon in this very thread...


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5963 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
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Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
Say that you're seated next to somebody who's actively typing a post on here......would you say "hello" as a fellow member?

That depends on what member it is.  

I would probably say something and hope they don't get pissed that I was looking at their computer. Chances are they would forgive that indiscretion to strike up a conversation with a fellow a.net member.

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
actively typing a post on here

I would only say something if they were typing a post, because they may not be a member. I know a guy who is on a.net all the time, but isn't a member. He is in the aircraft insurance business and uses the photos to keep tabs on planes his firm is insuring around the globe.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
I am not one to peek at somebody else's screen


  



I had used a computer in a hotel lobby in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The hotel has two computers for guest to use. I check my email and went to Airliners.net to look at the aircraft I flew on. Looked like another Airliners.net member had stayed at this hotel and used this very computer because it was in the ‘favorites’ of this computer.

Guns, Beer & Rickshaws; Thai 737-400 To Phnom Penh (by Superfly Sep 17 2012 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5963 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2757 times:
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How many a.net members are there?

Is there a breakdown by country?

What would be the odds of running into another a.net member, by chance, is?



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6642 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2744 times:

I sat next to a guy on a Norwegian flight a while back, he was using a.net, then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.

User currently offlineairtran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3690 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2743 times:
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I saw someone typing on one of the computers in the Skyclub at SEA once. I thought it was kind of funny, but didn't want to be a creeper, so I didn't say anything.


Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5963 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2731 times:
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Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.

Watching porn on the plane? What a perv! I wonder who it was?

I haven't seen it in a long time, but I remember seeing Penthouse in airport newsstands. I always wondered who was reading that on the plane? I have been known to look at smut, but in the privacy of my own home/car/hotel room, etc.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 5):
What would be the odds of running into another a.net member, by chance, is?


Happened to me 3 times.
Once at a model plane shop here in Bangkok.
A Singaporean guy instantly shouted; "Superfly" in broken Engrish.
He wasn't a member but lurks in the forums and looks at the photos.
Once at SFO's Burger King and the other was a girl I was dating's friends boyfriend that hung out with us at a house party.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
he was using a.net, then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.



              
Must have been in the recent years of A.net....



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
you're seated next to somebody who's actively typing a post on here......would you say "hello" as a fellow member?

I don't know, as the temptation to get onto the same thread as soon as possible and make certain remark like whether the tomato juice was really good etc may be too much, but fairplay might indicate to reveal that you also are an Anet user


User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7629 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2709 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
he was using a.net, then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.




Must have been in the recent years of A.net....

Had the post simply have said "......switched to watching some good porn on a small CRT TV" I know who my prime suspect would have been!



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2707 times:

This-

Quoting falstaff (Reply 3):
That depends on what member it is.

If it was someone with whom I'm close enough on here to have corresponded via IM, then I'd probably strike up a conversation and introduce myself. If it was someone I know has similar interests to me and who is familiar with my username, for example the frequent contributors in the various car-related threads, then I'd play the situation by ear. If it was just a random member, then I wouldn't say anything.



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6642 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 3):
what member it is.

How are you going to know who the member is unless you start talking to them?

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
ust have been in the recent years of A.net....

Last year. Like many blokes I'll watch some porn every once in a while but not on a plane or in any other public place.


User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1322 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

I'd probably say something if I saw that someone in public was reading/posting on a.net. Chances are they have at least an interest in common with you.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 8):
Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.

Watching porn on the plane? What a perv! I wonder who it was?

Yes, what a perv...though I probably would have said hi, if he was good looking...   


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2682 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 11):
on a small CRT TV"

Those are too heavy to lug around.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 13):
Like many blokes I'll watch some porn every once in a while but not on a plane or in any other public place.

You watch gay porn? I didn't think that was your speed.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5098 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 5):
What would be the odds of running into another a.net member, by chance, is?

Actuallym the chances are probably ok if you work in the industry or travel a great deal.

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
As per title.....what would you do?

Absolutely nothing. Which is what I would expect if someone saw me pecking along on A-net.



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User currently onlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2045 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

"Hi, I saw you using airliners.net. It's a great site."

If this is meant honest and that person tells me of his genuine interest in aviation, I would be happy and offer that person a beer.


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently onlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 5946 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2635 times:
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I think this is also a cultural issue. Cultures who are normally more standoffish, like North America or certain countries in Europe will probably feel they are invading someone´s privacy. Other cultures, Latin America, certain ones from Asia, won´t think twice about apporaching someone in the context of the OP.


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User currently offlinetrvyyz From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

I don't see it any different from seeing anyone using yahoo or facebook.

User currently offlineHoMsaR From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

Quoting trvyyz (Reply 19):
I don't see it any different from seeing anyone using yahoo or facebook.

It's different both in the number of users/visitors, and in the fact that airliners.net caters to a special area of interest. If you see someone on airliners.net, you can assume they have some interest in aviation. If you see someone using facebook, the best you can conclude is that they are using a computer.

That said, I say we have a special tattoo or pin or something. That way, you can instantly recognize a friendly a.netter and strike up a conversation (and those that don't want to don't have to get one).



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User currently onlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2045 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2618 times:

Quoting HoMsaR (Reply 20):
That said, I say we have a special tattoo or pin or something. That way, you can instantly recognize a friendly a.netter and strike up a conversation.

One for the Airbus faction, one for the Boeing one.   


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11929 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 16):
Which is what I would expect if someone saw me pecking along on A-net.

What if they are peckering along with gay porn?



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User currently onlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2045 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 22):

Must have been a hard-core a.net member.


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5963 posts, RR: 27
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
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Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 21):
One for the Airbus faction, one for the Boeing one

and one for the McDonnell Douglas fans.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 22):
peckering along

That is what you do in the toilet after you buy a Penthouse at the airport newsstand.  



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User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1974 posts, RR: 26
Reply 25, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
a guy on a Norwegian flight a while back, he was using a.net, then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.

Haha..that's the best story I've ever seen! Wondering who he is....

Well...it may sound weird...we have no right to spy or peek on other people's screen. It's none of their business. If the screen is big and we walked pass, then i would say hello mate...you like a.net?

Just remember that not many people are the member of a.net, so don't bother with them if they're looking at a.net without posting.

I remember...our a.net friends told us that they put lots of photos of themselves here, then lots of people in the aviation industry recognise them from that site. Our a.net friends don't like it cos of private reasons or whatever the reason is...That's why they stoppped posting photos here.



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7006 posts, RR: 9
Reply 26, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

While I was studying abroad in Barcelona I went on Anet one morning in one of the computers in the schools lobbies. The program was fairly small, maybe 300 students in 4 floors of an officer building.
Anyway when I went into Anet and into a thread there was a saved reply on the bottom but no user was signed it or anything. I was a bit confused, I am 99% sure it was not my reply at any point.

So any member study abroad in Barcelona in 2010?
I never ended up meeting anyone interested in aviation there.



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2649 posts, RR: 4
Reply 27, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2694 times:
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FORUM MODERATOR

I've actually seen it a few times at my University. We have a bunch of aviation students so it is pretty common to see Airliners up during class. I haven't ever said anything to anybody about it, but I've come close. I just don't want to be that over the shoulder creeper.
Blue



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User currently onlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5252 posts, RR: 8
Reply 28, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 27):
I haven't ever said anything to anybody about it, but I've come close. I just don't want to be that over the shoulder creeper.
Blue

Well that and the fact that you are a Mod, psssht, I mean that's pretty dangerous to admit in public "live"....   

(Banned?!? But I was just jok...



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2649 posts, RR: 4
Reply 29, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2652 times:
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Quoting tugger (Reply 28):
Well that and the fact that you are a Mod, psssht, I mean that's pretty dangerous to admit in public "live"....  

Well after that I'm watching you Tugger   .
Blue



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User currently onlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5252 posts, RR: 8
Reply 30, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 29):
Well after that I'm watching you Tugger .

OK, but just don't watch my screen while I'm on a flight, someone up the thread apparently disagrees with my "other" viewing pastime....

Wait, what did I just admit to?   

Tugg   



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User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 31, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Quoting HoMsaR (Reply 20):
I say we have a special tattoo or pin or something.

How about a button that says, "When will Delta retire the DC-9s?"

Back to topic - I might be inclined to ask in a vague manner if that is airliners.net. That way it seems like I recognize the overall idea but wasn't looking so closely to know the specifics.

If I were on a.net and someone asked I doubt it would bother me.



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 3):
Chances are they would forgive that indiscretion to strike up a conversation with a fellow a.net member.

Certainly, even if I dont agree with some peoples opinions in non-av, I would always welcome chatting to any fellow aviation enthusiast. Im not into A vs B or anything so pretty sure we could have a good chat about aviation.



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User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 31):
How about a button that says, "When will Delta retire the DC-9s?"

I endorse this idea.

Anyway, eh, unless they were looking at one of my photos I probably wouldn't take all that much of an interest. I don't want the internet rabbit hole to go too far down.   


User currently onlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5252 posts, RR: 8
Reply 34, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

I think if you see someone in public on A.net you should stand up walk towards them, point, and make a weird screeching sound:


But honestly to me I think it would be pretty neat to meet a fellow A.nutter. The problem is, though I have seen the "blue screen of A.net" once or twice, I have not been in a situation where I could say anything that would not reek of "So, I was watching your computer and what you were typing...."

Tugg



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4843 posts, RR: 19
Reply 35, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 32):
Certainly, even if I dont agree with some peoples opinions in non-av, I would always welcome chatting to any fellow aviation enthusiast.

     



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User currently offlineHoMsaR From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 31):
"When will Delta retire the DC-9s?"

No, that will be the secret password.



I was raised by a cup of coffee.
User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 5
Reply 37, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 31):
If I were on a.net and someone asked I doubt it would bother me.

Nor would it bother me. I figure if I'm on a computer in a public place, then it is human nature for people passing by and sitting next to me to glance at my screen.

Quoting HoMsaR (Reply 20):
That said, I say we have a special tattoo or pin or something. That way, you can instantly recognize a friendly a.netter and strike up a conversation (and those that don't want to don't have to get one).

Back when A.net was privately owned, "Airliners.net- The Wings of the Web" t-shirts were available from this site. I've often wondered if there's a cache of unsold A.net t-shirts somewhere. Since a t-shirt isn't everyone's cup of tea travel wear-wise, a subtle pin might be a better idea overall.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 24):
Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 21):
One for the Airbus faction, one for the Boeing one

and one for the McDonnell Douglas fans.

That's the one I'd want! 



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18699 posts, RR: 58
Reply 38, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
I sat next to a guy on a Norwegian flight a while back, he was using a.net, then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.

WASN'T ME!!! I SWEAR!!!  
Quoting Charles79 (Reply 14):

Yes, what a perv...though I probably would have said hi, if he was good looking...   

Haah! You prolly wouldn't know what to do with it!     

Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 25):
Well...it may sound weird...we have no right to spy or peek on other people's screen. It's none of their business. If the screen is big and we walked pass, then i would say hello mate...you like a.net?

This is the crux of the issue. If you are using a computer (or phone) in a public space, then you must understand that people standing behind you can see the screen. They don't have to be "looking over your shoulder" to notice if you are looking at something that might catch their eye. To the A.net user, a browser window with A.net open has a very characteristic appearance that we might even recognize and double-take out of the corner of our eye. Similarly, porn is pretty eye-catching for most people, whether they love it or think it's the devil's own.

So when you are using a computer in a public space, understand this and choose your browsing material accordingly.


User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6642 posts, RR: 3
Reply 39, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
You watch gay porn? I didn't think that was your speed.

you know what I mean  
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 38):
WASN'T ME!!! I SWEAR!!!

You were the first member I thought of Doc!!! Then I figured what were you doing flying between Oslo and Copenhagen, so it probably wasn't you.


User currently onlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2045 posts, RR: 13
Reply 40, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2417 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 37):

I want a Breguet Deux-Ponts pin when I fly on a 380.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 39):
You were the first member I thought of Doc!!! Then I figured what were you doing flying between Oslo and Copenhagen, so it probably wasn't you.

Doc, are you homesick?  


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1322 posts, RR: 6
Reply 41, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 38):
Haah! You prolly wouldn't know what to do with it!

Never underestimate the nerdy looking ones, you!

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 38):
So when you are using a computer in a public space, understand this and choose your browsing material accordingly.

Thankfully most people are blissfully unaware of the fact that when they are in public other people can listen to their conversations, see what material they are reading, or view what they have on the screen. What other people are willing to do/see/watch/talk about in public is a source of much, much entertainment when you are waiting for a flight!

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 39):
You were the first member I thought of Doc!!! Then I figured what were you doing flying between Oslo and Copenhagen, so it probably wasn't you.

Will the anonymous member ever come forward?


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5963 posts, RR: 27
Reply 42, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2214 times:
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Quoting Newark727 (Reply 33):
Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 31):How about a button that says, "When will Delta retire the DC-9s?"

I endorse this idea.

It should say "When will NW retire the DC-9?" and then scratch out NW and write DL above it.

Quoting Charles79 (Reply 41):
Will the anonymous member ever come forward?

There could be a lot of members who watched gay porn on the route, so you might have to get specific on the date



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User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1974 posts, RR: 26
Reply 43, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 42):
Quoting Charles79 (Reply 41):Will the anonymous member ever come forward?
There could be a lot of members who watched gay porn on the route, so you might have to get specific on the date

yeah... ask KiwiRob to give us more detail...and what does he looks like? lol



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11929 posts, RR: 25
Reply 44, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2158 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 42):
There could be a lot of members who watched gay porn on the route

Pretty "curious" statement to be making there, falstaff



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User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 45, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

We're all internet people; the correct answer is "sit and stare creepily at said person".


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 46, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

Quoting MrChips (Reply 45):
the correct answer is "sit and stare creepily at said person".

Funny you should put it that way. While I was reading this thread my initial reaction was that I'd just say nothing. There are way too many people out there today who 'value their privacy' and believe any attempt to burst the bubble they put around themselves as the other person acting like some sort of perv.

Long gone are the days when airliners had social directors on them who'd actively encourage folks to introduce themselves to each other, arrange for card games, etc. My great aunts, uncles and grandparents traveled during the age when their travel photos always included pictures of themselves with other couples they'd met along the way during their trips. Sad that era is firmly in the past. Life is far less interesting.

I still think one of my most interesting flights was my first solo trip to Hawaii on a classic United 747. I sat next to a guy back in the side 2-seat section in the rear cabin who was stationed at Midway. I spent most of the flight going through the photo albums he shared which captured life on the island and listening to his stories. That was circa 1980 or so. Ten years later, I was in the same section heading to London, and sat next to an architect on his way to Beirut to have blueprints approved for a custom home he was designing there. He gave me his card to show at a restaurant in L.A. he'd just designed, and the owner comp'd wine and appetizers for myself and my dining companion when I said "so-and-so sent me here". Imagine something like that happening today as a result of a plane ride.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18699 posts, RR: 58
Reply 47, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 39):
You were the first member I thought of Doc!!!

But why me? I'm pure *koff*, sweet *HACK!* and innoc...*HARRRGH!* (Sorry, I couldn't quite get that sentence out)


User currently offlineTheSultanOfWing From El Salvador, joined Dec 2012, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 48, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 38):
If you are using a computer (or phone) in a public space, then you must understand that people standing behind you can see the screen. They don't have to be "looking over your shoulder" to notice if you are looking at something that might catch their eye. To the A.net user, a browser window with A.net open has a very characteristic appearance that we might even recognize and double-take out of the corner of our eye.

Well said! In fact it would be quite easy to rapidly observe whether the person is actually typing something or just browsing........perhaps as a non-member.
Not everybody seems to agree with this though:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
I am not one to peek at somebody else's screen

  


I still like to think I have a life and that I don't need to show that much interest in what is going on in some perfect stranger's life! I guess we all speak for ourselves in this matter......

Quoting tugger (Reply 34):
But honestly to me I think it would be pretty neat to meet a fellow A.nutter. The problem is, though I have seen the "blue screen of A.net" once or twice, I have not been in a situation where I could say anything that would not reek of "So, I was watching your computer and what you were typing...."

So true!

I would not take offense if somebody were to approach me, and next time I will jump the gun and approach an A-netter; I guess. My apologies in advance to whoever may fall victim......

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 13):
Quoting falstaff (Reply 3):
depends what member it is.

How are you going to know who the member is unless you start talking to them?

Exactly, that would require a lot closer look on the right top of his / her screen......and even then you may not see it.
I would not spy, I would just ask.......
"Hey, do you happen to be an A-net member.....sorry, I couldn't help noticing the blue screen".
Or something along that line......they are sure to speak English!

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 13):

Like many blokes I'll watch some porn every once in a while but not on a plane or in any other public place.

Roger that! Don't impose it on others........


FH



I feel like the A318 at times: I am probably worth more parted out than as a whole.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 49, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Reply 48):


Strange, that is not my quote.

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Reply 48):
I don't need to show that much interest in what is going on in some perfect stranger's life!



Agreed.






I remember back when I was in college shortly after Al Gore invented the Internet, I was using the computer lab. This girl sitting next to me kept looking over at my computer screen. I had wrote in a separate window in a MS Word doc. in HUGE 72 font; "mind you're own f--king business!".
When ever she looked over, I'd open that screen. I can tell she was angry and embarrassed at the same time but it made her stop.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6642 posts, RR: 3
Reply 50, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2055 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 47):
But why me? I'm pure *koff*, sweet *HACK!* and innoc...*HARRRGH!*

Tallish, fit looking, very short hair and gay.


User currently onlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2045 posts, RR: 13
Reply 51, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 46):
Long gone are the days when airliners had social directors on them who'd actively encourage folks to introduce themselves to each other, arrange for card games, etc. My great aunts, uncles and grandparents traveled during the age when their travel photos always included pictures of themselves with other couples they'd met along the way during their trips. Sad that era is firmly in the past. Life is far less interesting.

Amazing..........   

Quoting Superfly (Reply 49):
in HUGE 72 font; "mind you're own f--king business!".

Remembers me of a colleague at work... but she used the much-bigger-than-size-72 font to write stuff like: "This damned university does not care for the students!!! They offer educations which aren't of any use!!!!!". She did that about every 15 minutes. She was about 35, grossly overweight, sucked a lollipop every hour, and never was in a great mood anyway. And always her supervisor was to blame, or the researchers down there in Africa whose data she had to process.

David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 52, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Interesting topic; if I definitely saw airliners.net on the screen I would probably go over and have a chat to them.

Your thread actually reminded me of this story from www.flyertalk.com

Printingandbreakfast



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31573 posts, RR: 57
Reply 53, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

I would def ask the person if they are using Anet,what forum and depending on the response go further.


Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineTheSultanOfWing From El Salvador, joined Dec 2012, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 54, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Quoting BNE (Reply 52):

Interesting topic; if I definitely saw airliners.net on the screen I would probably go over and have a chat to them.

Thank you!
Since most of us on here are travelers (or at least no strangers to airports) the question kind of intrigued me.

What I get from most of you is that you wouldn't consider it an an invasion of your privacy if somebody were to approach you because of the color of your screen.
I sure wouldn't.

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 16):

Absolutely nothing. Which is what I would expect if someone saw me pecking along on A-net.

Would you take offense?

Another idea for A-net would be something like "Trip it", in which you could insert your itinerary upon which the software would tell you what other A-netters you're about to run into at CDG, SCL or whatever other airport your travels may take you to.


FH



I feel like the A318 at times: I am probably worth more parted out than as a whole.
User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1974 posts, RR: 26
Reply 55, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

When I was walking around at the computer room at the library yesterday, I can see they are checking on facebook, playing online games, chatting with their friends in facebook, watching video from youtube, writing stuff about cars in the forum and so on. The screens are big enough for everyone to peak on other people's screen. lol

It's pity, no one read a.net.



The Spirit of AustraliAN - Longreach
User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 56, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days ago) and read 1700 times:

So this just happened at the ORD United Club (F4) - the new one. Saw a guy on here as I was leaving to go to my gate. Sorry I didn't say hi if that was you.


I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6642 posts, RR: 3
Reply 57, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 42):

There could be a lot of members who watched gay porn on the route, so you might have to get specific on the date

I hope not, the cabin of an aeroplane really isn't a suitable environment for watching hardcore porn, I was surprised.


User currently offlineTheSultanOfWing From El Salvador, joined Dec 2012, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 58, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 56):
utes ago) and read 215 times:

So this just happened at the ORD United Club (F4) - the new one. Saw a guy on here as I was leaving to go to my gate. Sorry I didn't say hi if that was you.

Apparently he doesn't want to be identified.......or he's not a member......OR he hasn't seen this thread.

I'm travelling soon, and I will have my eyes open for blue screens around the airport!


FH



I feel like the A318 at times: I am probably worth more parted out than as a whole.
User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7629 posts, RR: 23
Reply 59, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1471 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

If you see a stranger is a member of a.net, Humphreys his arm, present him with a snowglobe, ask him about the risk of getting kids and challenge him to a game of this vs. that. He'll know you're a member too then.


✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
User currently onlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5252 posts, RR: 8
Reply 60, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 59):
snowglobe

Just wear a snowglobe pin (tie or lapel) - then only most select, nuanced, and best of A.net will know that you belong.... to the "Epic Troll Thread" (or the "I laughed my a** off and couldn't believe my eyes that you were du.... umm.... brave enough to post that!") hall of fame!
 

Tugg



I don’t know that I am unafraid to be myself, but it is hard to be somebody else. -W. Shatner
User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 61, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1431 times:

Quoting Charles79 (Reply 14):
Yes, what a perv...though I probably would have said hi, if he was good looking

Why am I not surprised?? (Not saying that I wouldn't have done the same thing, mind you.....)



"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7629 posts, RR: 23
Reply 62, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1383 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 59):
Humphreys his arm

I should of course point out that this should be 'hump his arm' - damn predictive text!



✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6177 posts, RR: 11
Reply 63, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1360 times:

I would be careful, there are some members on here I would rather not meet and there are others that seem very pleasant and nice. Most prob I would just mind my business, when flying as a passenger I hardly ever like to strike a conversation with my seatmate.


Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offline9MMPQ From Netherlands, joined Nov 2011, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 64, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Quoting chepos (Reply 63):
I would be careful, there are some members on here I would rather not meet

Exactly, you never know who might offer you a snowglobe next 



I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. But I don't trust coincidences.
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