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Correct me if I am wrong, but what some of you seem to forget is that it was not BAs rule or indeed any others British registered Airlines’ rule. It is (and luckily was by the 1st of July) a CAA rule. Trust me Cabin Crew on most Airlines do ot understand the rule themselves due to other Airlines deal with it differently or regarded as as outdated, but they are all non UK based carriers. LH is very strict about it actually. However if the Crew do not enforce the rule and a CAA inspector was to be onboard, that would have serious consequences for the Crew on the day.
For those of you hiding your phone or playing “dumb”, i.e. “It is off” when its clearly just locked and not switched off or you pretend to switch it off and act like naughty little schoolboys/-girls, well what can I say? I feel for you and watching these little games going on just makes me laugh, when grown up men and women think they are so special that they do not need to abide to simple rules and have to start an argument.
Also the “Why” makes me laugh. Maybe you just do it because the Crew asked you nicely to do so? Not everything nowadays needs to be questioned. Trust me, the Crew member does not enjoy asking you to switch your phones off, put your seatback up, show them you boarding pass etc, but they are obliged to do so.
It is only a small thing isnt it.
But I guess in future people will just hide their laptops and switch them secretly on even though they are not meant to, as only handheld devices will be allowed to be switched on after vacating the runway.
Ready to be shot down, but hey it is not the Cabin Crews’ rule after all 🙂
Also maybe credit where Credit is due: BA are the ones who approached the CAA to have this rule relaxed and they are the first UK based carrier to launch this facility.