masgniw wrote:Any company has the right to protect their "trade secrets". There's no way they'd know you were just a curious flyer vs a spy from a competing airline.
yashk wrote:masgniw wrote:Any company has the right to protect their "trade secrets". There's no way they'd know you were just a curious flyer vs a spy from a competing airline.
Yeah true but the question here is that if a curious flyer or even a spy goes through documents lying in plain sight, is that enough to warrant detention/arrest?
yashk wrote:On a recent LHR-JFK flight, while waiting for the restroom to free up in the back galley, I glanced at few papers hung in the galley. One of the major reasons why I even dared to do so was the CIV score. I read up somewhere on this website only that the flight manifest has that score written in front of your name. But what I actually saw was the break up of number of OW/BA elites by tier on this flight. In a minute, a guy comes up to me and says that I am not supposed to be here. I rudely replied so neither are you. Turns out he was a captain for ba but was in plain clothes. I went back to my seat and soon the cabin services director came up to me and said that what I did was a serious breach and I could be reported and detained for it. I tried to argue that if the documents are so sensitive why keep it in plain sight in the galley. He then said that galleys are out of bounds for passengers and I further asked him why not cordon them off like the first class cabin. Not wanting to further escalate the issue, I apologized and went about my way.
But in retrospect, I want to know that could I be detained for what I did. When we buy tickets, do we agree to not look at things hanging in the galley or this there some explicit rule about such things? I did not disobey the crew at any point, thus the rule where one can be detained for not obeying the crew is also not applicable in my case.
VSMUT wrote:Just signing a document with BA, even if you did so, is not enough to put you in jail. You actually have to break a law for that to happen, and the police wouldn't give a rats rear end about it as long as you didn't bother the flight crew any further. Looking at a document left in a public area isn't an offense in the first world.
RoySFlying wrote:Regardless of where they are left, the documents are the property of the carrier and other passengers are entitled to privacy.
Tugger wrote:I disagree. Pretty much completely. "Entitled" is not the proper verbiage, "want" is accurate
RoySFlying wrote:Privacy laws vary by country. From the available information, I deduce (maybe erroneously) that this incident was on a BA flight. Although the flight was to JFK, it had originated in the UK and, to date, the UK is part of the EU and therefore BA is subject to EU privacy directives.
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