Have you noticed a problem at airports and especially on airplanes that is getting worse by the day? I’m talking about people using electronic devices without earphones. It’s not just kids and lately, I’ve encountered violators on nearly every flight.
My Biggest Airplane Pet Peeve: People Not Using Headphones
The other day I was flying home from Chicago to Los Angeles and the man across the aisle from was having a loud conversation…on speakerphone! On my flight to Chicago, there was a child who boarded the flight with a mobile phone in her hand, watching a cartoon… with the volume turned way up and no headphones.
This was just one day!
So often over the last few months, I’ve encountered rude people on airplanes who use their handheld devices and fail to use headphones. More often than not, it is kids…but all too often it is adults. And this is hardly exclusive to the United States. I’ve witnessed it on flights to Spain and Germany as well.
First, let’s all agree that this is extremely rude and anti-social behavior. There is no justification for playing a video or holding a conversation such that everyone around can you hear it. I could not care less if you forgot your headphones or are afraid of cancer by holding up the phone to your head. You do not disturb others on a plane or in any other closed environment.
Second, in many of the cases I describe above, flight attendants walked by and said nothing. This is unacceptable. I know it is usually the confrontational jerks who also disregard others by engaging in loud conversation on their phones or letting their brats watch an iPad with the volume turned up, but it does not matter…and it should not be my job as a passenger to correct these people.
If flight attendants are present “primarily for our safety” then let them intercede and put a stop to the rudeness. On one recent occasion, I did ask a flight attendant to tell the child behind me to use headphones with his phone and she did…but why did I have to ask her in the first place, especially when all the rows around us could hear the game being played?
I’m sick and tired of the rudeness on airplanes by men and women, children and adults who fail to use headphones when using their electronic devices.
To any of you who use the speakerphone or do not use headphones on an airplane, shame on you. I’d like to hear you defend the indefensible.