On my return flight from Los Angeles last night (three straight days of pouring rain, awesome), I was once again reminded of how completely obtuse some people are.
I think – without fail – every single flight I’ve ever been on has had the following situation happen at least once, and usually multiple times.
Flight Attendant: "The captain has turned on the fasten seatbelt sign, so please remain in your seats while the light is on."
Immediately after – and sometimes even during – this announcement, some bonehead gets up and starts fishing around in the overhead bins, and/or gets up to go to the bathroom.
Flight Attendant: "Please remain in your seats with your seatbelts fastened."
Said bonehead continues to stand, outside of their seat, without their seatbelt fastened, rummaging around for God knows what in their bag that is in the overhead bin, which obviously must be found at that very instant and not a few minutes later when the fasten seatbelt sign goes off. Either that or said bonehead continues on their way to the bathroom.
I appreciate the Southwest Airlines flight attendants, who will yell things out like “Sir, I am talking to you. Please return to your seat and fasten your seatbelt.” But most of the time, people get away with this. What is so hard about following a simple instruction? Who doesn’t understand by now that when the seatbelt light is on, you remain in your seat? Why do some people think this doesn’t apply to them?
Also on last night’s flight, while we were taxiing to take off and the flight attendants had completed their “walk the aisles” inspection of the plane, the two people in front of me reclined their seats. Hello? Your seats are supposed to be in an upright position when we taxi and take off. The flight attendant just got finished telling everyone that. But no, again, it doesn’t apply to them.
God, flying annoys me so much. On another note, at none of Las Vegas airport, LAX, Midway, or O’Hare, all of which I’ve flown in and out of over the past week, were they using the AIT radiation look at you naked screening machines. It was left to the standard metal detectors to keep us safe, which was fine with me. What a waste of money those AIT machines turned out to be. But weren't they necessary to keep us saaaafe?