This happened to me on a flight yesterday, and I’m curious as to what others would have done.
After the safety briefing, the cabin crew are strapped in their seats for taxi and take off. I’m in an aisle seat, and across the aisle and one row in front of me, a bloke is sitting with his headphones in playing a game on his phone. He hid them on his lap when the cabin crew did their last check of the cabin, and then popped them back in as soon as the crew were in their seats.
I’ve noticed an increasing disregard for the “switch off all electronic items during take off and landing” if people can get away with it, but this was just so blatant. To make it worse, this was also in an overwing exit row, and if something had gone wrong during take off, this guy should have been alert to help with the opening of the door and evacuation.
I mentioned it quietly to the cabin crew in passing once we were airborne. The result was quite funny. Again, when they were doing their last check before landing, the guy hid his phone and headphones on his lap. As soon as he saw the cabin crew were in their seats, out come the headphones. And the member of cabin crew I spoke to was watching from the rear of the cabin, sprinted up the aisle, and told him to put them away. He complied all the way this time.
I found my reaction when he was doing it a strange one. I wanted to tap him on the shoulder and say “oi - take those out”. But no-one likes a confrontation in a confined space. But did I really believe he was endangering the flight with his behaviour? Possibly, given the emergency exit complication. Was I just annoyed at his blatant disregard for the rules which the rest of us were politely following? Probably.
What do you think?