janders wrote:Disagree 150%.
Dumb to make a law. Simply should let the market decide. Let airlines offer the feature and let market place decide based on consumer action whether its sticks or not. Each airline can decide on its own if the feature is a benefit or hinderence to their market position.
Sadly, we live in a world where an increasing number of people are focused on their own wants and needs and show no awareness or concern for how their behavior is impacting anyone else. People from all socio-economic backgrounds people have demonstrated time and time again that they increasingly refuse to police themselves. When society cannot police itself (or adopts a "me too" self-centered attitude and refuses to do so), it is dumber to NOT make a law.
Why put hundreds of thousands of airline crew members in the position of having to become "cell phone police" ? Air travel is already a stressful experience for the vast majority of travelers. Why introduce yet another stress element into the already stressful cabin environment, when you are forced to sit for extended periods of time in close proximity to other passengers? Why allow behavior to take place in the cabin which will only serve as a catalyst for more conflict between passengers? Would you care to place a wager on how many additional inflight diversions are going to occur each year due to fights erupting over inflight cell phone usage?
A single person who doesn't know how to conduct themselves when they are in public should not be allowed to make the flying experience miserable for the dozens of people seated around them.
From First to Worst: The history of Airliners.net.
All posts reflect my opinions, not those of my employer or any other company.