Really, at my age. I need to be singled out as a person of bad behaviour? Well it appears so. I recently got off a flight from Saskatoon. It was a typical flight that I make many, many, many times a year. It was the last flight home and I was tired. The plane landed and I turned on my phone as I have done many times in past.
The flight attendent came to my seat (5D to be precise) and said “sir, I noticed you turned on your electronic device when we landed before we had cleared the active runway, which I explicitly said in my instructions.
I said, “huh?” She said” You are not allowed to turn on your electronic device until we have cleared the active runway!” I said, “I thought I could look at it as soon as I landed, I have done it or seen it done on every flight I am on.” She said” Transport Canada would never allow that!. I said, “I’m very sorry and I won’t do it again. She said ” It is a very dangerous time in the flight, as the plane is landing and on the active runway. I said” I’ve never heard the term active runway before. Again, I’m sorry.”
She went back and sat down and less then 30 seconds later she was back, and told me again and said they may allow this in the US but never in Canada. Maybe on Westjet but not us. The active runway is a very dangerous time to have on your electronic device. (Really? My phone will make us crash? Or signal enemy aircraft to blow us off the tarmac? Or the pilot would turn the plane the wrong direction and we end up driving on Hwy 2 up to Edmonton?) Then out loud I said, ” As I mentioned before, I’m sorry.”
The gothically attired girl beside me said ” Whao, intense.”
I guess the flight attendant needed to make an example of someone, and this day, it was me. My advice? Don’t turn on your electronic device until the plane is off the active runway! Whatever that is. Sigh!