I continue to see a proliferation in the use of noise-emitting electronic devices without using headphones. But how about an innocent onboard call with your children before a flight takes off?
How To Deal With A FaceTime Call On A Flight
It was 9:30 pm. It had been a long day. I boarded my flight to Los Angeles and noticed a man across the aisle from me pull out his phone.
He called the kids. There were no headphones. He spoke to them for five minutes. He spoke loudly. The kids spoke loudly. I was half asleep already and just wanted to go to bed.
But the laughing of his children—a beautiful laugh that I cherish in my own home—shattered the clam of the flight (passengers had already boarded, but we were holding for a late-arriving connection).
They continued to speak a bit longer, he said goodnight and ended the call.
No harm, no foul?
I think this sort of case is more difficult than the obnoxious businessman who screams into his phone or the annoying kid who plays a game at fun volume.
Even so, this was not a phone call, it was a two-way video call. I realize, especially for a road warrior, that family time can sometimes come at a premium.
Nevertheless, I do not think FaceTime video is appropriate on a flight. Just use the phone and when you use the phone, keep your voice down and the call short.
I’ll admit the thought did cross my mind to walk across the aisle, sit down next to him, and join the conversation.
But nah…I was too tired.
Sure, I suppose you can dismiss this very post as passive-aggressive, but it again underscores that airlines should aggressively enforce prohibitions against the use of speakerphones onboard.
It’s very simple: if your device emits noise, use headphones…even if you are having a cute conversation with your kids.