Cell Phones on Planes

Interesting Alec Baldwin-style incident on a flight from Phoenix to Orange County to share with Boomers everywhere. Just before the Airbus A320 closed its door, a Boomer guy in his 50’s, wearing jeans, aloha shirt and flip-flops, looking like a cross between David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) and actor Mickey Rooney, seated six rows from back of the plane, grabbed his ringing cell phone out of the pocket of his Levis, put it to his ear and said loudly, “HI MOM!” Heads turned toward him. He proceeded to have a high decibel argument with his mother about how he didn’t care about his brother’s decision not to come home for the holidays. After about three minutes of “I DON’T CARE IF I EVER SEE HIM AGAIN” and more than a few F-bombs, a flight attendant finally approached from the front of the plane, making the “lower your voice” sign. He ignored her so she politely bent over his aisle seat and said, “It’s time to hang up and turn off your phone.” He mentioned the door wasn’t closed yet and she said something to the effect that the rest of the passengers didn’t need to participate in his argument with Mom. So he said into the phone, “MA, I GOTTA GO OR I’M GONNA GET KICKED OFF MY FLIGHT SO I’LL CALL YOU WHEN I GET HOME!” The passengers all around him applauded. The whole scene reminded me of The Big Bang Theory character Howard Wolowitz yelling back and forth with his “Ma”, only this scene had F-bombs.

Why do we think it’s okay to share our private conversations with the whole world just because we can? We love our cell phones; but if we must use them in a public place, why not speak softly? And what gives us the right to use profanity in what is a very public conversation? Some people are still very offended by profanity.  C’mon people! Is there no cell phone etiquette we can agree to follow?  What do you think? Weigh in!

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