Originally Posted by cameronj
You all can keep bashing and being defensive because you happen to be over 40 and thus not EVERYONE over 40 can't figure it out, but the fact remains that I'm the only one here with actual experience with thousands of clients, and I know the situation that I'm talking about very well.
Look up 'selection bias'. The people who call you for tech support are, overwhelmingly, people who have a problem figuring something out. Let's say 1 million people over 40 need to use airplane mode on their iPhone. 999,900 of them figure out how to do it on their own and 100 can't figure it out. Those 100 call you for help.
Your figures would say that every single person over the age of 40 needed help, while the reality is very different.
Originally Posted by Apple ][
Out of hundreds of people on every flight, I'm pretty sure that quite a few people have their devices still on. I don't see it as a big deal, rules or no rules. Many thousands of people probably ignore this rule every day. I also happen to violate traffic laws every single day, because I don't wait for a green light before I cross the street and I also violate numerous other laws and rules all of the time because I find them to be trivial and not worth my time.
I'm simply saying that there are plenty of other things on my mind when flying to be concerned about shutting my iPad completely off or leaving it on airplane mode. iPads pose no threat to the operation of an aircraft and if somebody is going to make a silly rule, then there had better be a good explanation as to why such a rule exists in the first place, otherwise a great many people will ignore these rules and pay them no mind.
Sorry, but you're using juvenile excuses to justify breaking the law. And it doesn't matter if you have other things on your mind - they make an announcement on every flight to turn things off - and they specifically state that airplane mode is not sufficient. You have to intentionally ignore the law.
And you are not in a position to decide if it's safe. The FAA has determined that devices need to be turned of. I don't know if that was over concern for spurious radio signals or whether it's because of the risk of distraction (in an emergency, someone with headphones on playing music at high volume could become a risk to themselves and to others), but the FAA (which has responsibility for determining safe operations) has a rule - and you're choosing to ignore it.
It's no different than the person who's driving down the road at 100 mph and says that it's OK because speed limits are arbitrary and they're actually a good driver and they've never hurt anyone. Or any of the other petty rationalizations for breaking the law.