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Questions I Ask Each Time I Fly

Last week my wife and I spent a few days in Orlando. As we were flying, the same questions and observations that run through my head each time I’m on an airplane inevitably resurfaced. Some of these questions I can easily Google at anytime, but never remember to do so once back on the ground.

  • Why does anyone using the loudspeaker either at the airport or on the airplane insist on talking as fast as they humanly can? This isn’t an auction. How are people hard of hearing, or using head phones, supposed to understand what is being announced? Since I am one of those people using headphones, by the time I do pull them away upon realizing something is being said, the announcement is just about over.
  • While communicating during the boarding process that an airplane will be full, do the flight attendants think I won’t believe them unless they specify that the plane will be “very, very full?” You had me at full.
  • In the year 2019, is it truly detrimental to our safety if our devices are not in airplane mode?
  • I do like to look out the window (when I do have a window seat) and often wonder what it is I am flying over – even from that high up. How cool would it be for the airlines to partner with Google Maps so that we can not only track our progress (which some airlines already offer), but know when we are flying over a specific city or a potential landmark, aka pop-up video style?
  • Why is it necessary to specify that tampering with either the lavatory sign or the no smoking sign is against the law?
  • Why would anyone feel compelled to tamper with either a lavatory sign or a no smoking sign?
  • When was the last time someone actually tampered with either a lavatory sign or a no smoking sign?
  • What does actually happen to an individual who does tamper with either sign?
  • Why are bathrooms on airplanes called lavatories?
  • How come we don’t call them lavatories anyplace on the ground?

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