Get in Your Seat and Power Down
When you board the aircraft, find your seat, place your carry-on in the overhead bin (if you didn't check it at the gate for free) and sit down. Then turn off your cell phone, iPod, portable DVD player, or whatever electronic device you have with you and wait patiently for the announcement from the captain or the flight crew that it's safe to switch your approved electronic devices back on once again. That announcement is usually made just a few minutes after the plane is in the air.
No airplane can take off while people are standing or talking on the phone. And no flight attendant is going to look very kindly upon you when he's had to ask you for the fifth time to turn off your phone. And while it's very considerate of you to offer to switch seats with one half of a couple who are sitting apart, wait until the flight is in the air and the seatbelt sign is off to play musical chairs.
Tensions can run high for passengers and flight crew alike, thanks to new regulations and the number of people packed into the cabin eager to get moving. Do your part to get the plane off the ground and it'll be a better flight for everyone on board.
For more information about airplanes and several other ways you can have a good flight, follow the links below.
- Cohen, Elizabeth. "Five ways to avoid germs while traveling." CNN. (April 19, 2010) http://blog.targethealth.com/?p=2562
- DeLeo, Jennifer. "How to Get In-Flight Wi-Fi," PCMag.com. April 27, 2009. (April 19, 2010) http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2345928,00.asp
- Gogo Inflight Internet. (April 19, 2010) http://www.gogoinflight.com
- Hewitt, Ed, and Sarah Schlichter. "Sleeping on Planes." IndependentTraveler.com. (April 19, 2010) http://www.independenttraveler.com/resources/article.cfm?AID=270&category=13
- Hicks, Dr. Rob. "In-flight health." BBC.com. August 2007. (April 19, 2010) http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/treatments/travel/before_flighthealth.shtml
- Rising Up Aviation. "Federal Aviation Regulations." (April 19, 2010) http://www.risingup.com/fars/info/91-index.shtml
- Steves, Rick. "Packing Light and Right." Rick Steve's Europe, 2009. (April 19, 2010) http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/packlight.htm
- Transportation Security Administration. "3-1-1 for Carry-Ons." (April 19, 2010) http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm
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