During many many flights I've seen totally inconsistant enforcement of inflight "rules" and "policies" by FA's. Some being very lax....others should consider taking a job with Saddam's secret police. Below are a few examples of things I'm interested in hearing how the FA's on A.NET handle...and what the real "rule" is.
1. items under the seat in front of you - I've seen everything from people using their large items as foot rest to FA's literally crawling down the aisle checking for the minimum amount of legroom
2. electronics use inflight - I've heard GPS's and portable DVD players listed as things that can "now be used" and things that can "never be used" Also the inflight entertainment...I've been scolded for plugging my headphones in before reaching 10,000 ft -- this is into the armrest. I've also been scolded for using my own headphones in inflight systems.
3. Interior lighting - on overnight flights I've been told the "super bright" lights must be on during beverage service...I've also seen FA's use flashlights to see drinks and serve in the dark.
4. I've been told I must stow my...newspaper during taxi....I've also been offered magazines during taxi.
5. Laying down in an empty row. I've been told I was not allowed to do this and have also been told where I can find an empty row so I could sleep.
6. Carrying on drinks - I've been required to throw them away before boarding...I've also seen it suggested on short flights with no service.
I'll keep the list of my experience inconsistancies at this....I realize some of these rules are more than likely airline specific...just curious what all the FA's thoughts were - and if any of the rest of you have experienced random rule enforcement.