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Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 4:40 am

It looks like it actually might be worthwhile, though an inconvenience for people in adjacent seats:
http://www.psfk.com/2014/05/airplane-privacy-device.html#!Obdlw
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 5:01 am

Not to mention a fairly severe safety concern...

Good luck evacuating from the window seat when the way to the aisle has been turned into an obstacle course.
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 5:05 am

I just put my blanket over my head. Never had a problem...
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 5:50 am

besides the safety aspect another point is Hygiene. Unless a sterile sanitized new band is fitted for each flight I would not put my head near to such a Thing.
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 6:13 am

Of all my dislikes about flying Y... privacy isn't really a big one. By all means, watch what I'm doing (which will probably be playing Chrono Trigger - no better way to burn away a few hours).

My largest privacy-related annoyance is when things like underwear get twisted while in the seat. That can get awkward for everyone.
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 1:01 pm

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 3):
Unless a sterile sanitized new band is fitted for each flight I would not put my head near to such a Thing.

I may be wrong, but I think they are (or will be) marketing that to pax to buy and bring with them, not something an airline would install on their aircraft, so you would have your own rubber band that you would take with you and care for after use.
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 1:06 pm

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 2):
I just put my blanket over my head.

I was going to suggest folks use a paper bag.  
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 1:15 pm

LMAO   How stupid......
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 1:39 pm

Quoting moose135 (Reply 5):
so you would have your own rubber band

I just imagined myself sitting in the middle seat and both neighbors have a rubber band and I have no choice but collide with the filthy things.

That would stretch my Patience and my politeness.
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 1:45 pm

You could always just accept that as an economy class passenger then as far as an airline is concerned you are at the lowest point in the food chain, the travelling equivalent of pond life and hence should be grateful you are allowed on board at all. Even the non-revs, who by their very definition are free-loading, get treated better when its practical.

If you want privacy then work harder, buy a premium ticket and enjoy your achievements.   
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 1:51 pm

If this rubber thing comes between me (normally a very polite and keep-to-myself passenger) and the aisle, Id love to annoy they band-hidden pax by making trips to the bathroom or just exiting to stretch my legs, making him uninstall the damn thing on every occasion.

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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 2:44 pm

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 8):
That would stretch my Patience and my politeness.

...and especially since you can't bring scissors on board any more.
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 2:53 pm

Quoting francoflier (Reply 1):

Not to mention a fairly severe safety concern...

Good luck evacuating from the window seat when the way to the aisle has been turned into an obstacle course.

Since they block the egress route of other passengers, they should not be permitted to be used anywhere other than the window seat.
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 6:04 pm

Quoting LOWS (Reply 11):
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 8):That would stretch my Patience and my politeness.

...and especially since you can't bring scissors on board any more.

LOL. That would by my response as well: cut and trim, cut and throw away. Just one more ridiculous attepmt to sell something we don't need, IMHO. Want privacy? Focus on what you're doing. No one can read your thoughts.
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 6:18 pm

Reminds me of that blue inflatable pillow that one puts on the tray in front to sleep on. I wonder how many people have gotten suckered into buying one of those; I've never seen one during my many flights since it started appearing in SkyMall.
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 6:46 pm

Let's keep things in perspective. This is first and foremost a graduate design project of two students. Their first priority was not the marketability of their idea, or whether it complies with safety regulations and common courtesy, as is the case with most student projects.

As a student project, I think it is a great idea, but I doubt it'll ever sell more than a few units, if that. For one thing, how many seats in coach have a screen that is sticking out enough to attach this to? Most are far too flush into the back of the seat.
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 7:02 pm

While it's a good idea, it's a hard one to actually put into action. With the safety and hygiene concerns, I can't see it coming to fruition.

Plus, I like being able to chat with my neighbors on a plane. It's always interesting to meet new people and most seatmates I've had in my career as a passenger have felt the same way. I'm also not very self-conscious, so I have no problem with people seeing what I watch or do, as I wouldn't do anything on a plane that I didn't want to be seen doing. And if you do want to see what I'm doing, fine. You'll just learn more about my interests.  
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 8:30 pm

If one of my seat-neighbors were to put one of these up, I would have an awfully difficult time resisting the temptation to pull it outwards and then let go, thereby harnessing its properties as a rubber band to thwack them in the noggin.
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sat May 17, 2014 11:39 pm

Quoting francoflier (Reply 1):
Not to mention a fairly severe safety concern..

Exactly, no one will allow to use this because of the safety. In case of evacuation you get stuck especially when seconds count.
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sun May 18, 2014 12:08 am

Quoting WROORD (Reply 18):
Exactly, no one will allow to use this because of the safety. In case of evacuation you get stuck especially when seconds count.

We allow people to put their tray tables down, and those obstruct access to the aisle. We allow people to recline their seats, which does the same thing. We allow people to put their carry-on bags on the floor. I'm not sure why this is any different. It couldn't be on for takeoff and landing, of course, but there's no reason it couldn't be used in cruise.

I'm not saying I'd like to sit next to one, or that I'd use one myself. But the safety argument doesn't really work.

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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sun May 18, 2014 12:36 am

Quoting LOWS (Reply 11):
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 8):
That would stretch my Patience and my politeness.


...and especially since you can't bring scissors on board any more.

Small scissors are now permitted in most countries. For example, the UK rule requires that the blades not exceed 6 cm (or any length if they have rounded or blunt ends). See the table here.
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/dangerous...-you-cannot-take-on-board-a-flight

The U.S. TSA rules permit scissors with blades up to 4 inches long (10.2 cm) in carry-on bags.
http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sun May 18, 2014 1:42 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 19):

In all fairness, for carryins they have to be completely stowed under the seat in front. Tray table are able to be folded up and locked very easily, somebody can step on the sets to get by a reclined seat (provided they actually need to, and don't just go around it or lean over), whereas these would take a bit more work to get out of the way.
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sun May 18, 2014 2:47 am

Quoting Western727 (Reply 14):

Reminds me of that blue inflatable pillow that one puts on the tray in front to sleep on. I wonder how many people have gotten suckered into buying one of those; I've never seen one during my many flights since it started appearing in SkyMall.

I have seen them before. They are even funnier in person than in the magazine.
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sun May 18, 2014 3:12 am

Or, as an alternative, I present the Ostrich Pillow....

http://www.amazon.com/Studio-Banana-...609&sr=8-1&keywords=ostrich+pillow
 
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RE: Rubber Band Device For Passenger Privacy

Sun May 18, 2014 3:41 am

Quoting LV (Reply 23):

I saw that on World's Dumbest...I wonder why.
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