People, Turn Off Your iPods and Whatnot When You’re Below 10,000 Feet the Way They Tell You – Here’s Why

Now it’s sort remarkable how no passenger has died the past decade in an Airbus or Boeing jetliner that either took off or landed in the United States. Of course there was the 9/11 and shortly after that at the end of 2001 there was American Airlines Flight 587, but since then, nothing. That’s a pretty good record, non?

But you people, you don’t listen when they tell you to turn off your portable electronic devices during critical phases of flight. And then stuff like this happens.

Just saying, bro-ham.

Ah the daily Lufthansa flight from Frankfort, Germany. This happens to be an aging Boeing 747-400, but in a few months it will get replaced by a superjumbo A380.* Can you see someone iPodding or texting up there? I can:

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*No, contrary to what the Mayor’s Office tells you, the A380 doesn’t use less fuel than legacy aircraft. And the version that’ll soon be coming to SFO each and every day has wings that are too big for its body, and it’s overweight, and blah blah blah. But oh well.

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5 Responses to “People, Turn Off Your iPods and Whatnot When You’re Below 10,000 Feet the Way They Tell You – Here’s Why”

  1. none says:

    You really need to stop using “irregardless” in speech. I see every other post of yours uses that non-standard word. It’s nonsensical. Use “regardless”.

  2. Jacob says:

    I think the accurate claim about the A380 is that it uses less fuel per passenger than legacy aircraft. It’s more efficient than a smaller plane just like a bus at 6 mpg with 9 passengers can be more efficient than a 50-mpg Prius.

  3. sfcitizen says:

    Testify, Jacob. That’s the accurate claim, but that’s not the claim made by the Mayor’s office and SFO.

    Certainly, if you can fill up an A380, then you’re looking at 3% or so better mpg per seat than a filled-up Boeing 747-8, something like that.

    So, meh.

    Lufthansa looked into things and decided to get both the A380 and the 747-8, oh well…

    http://leehamnews.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/lha380b748.jpg

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Suggestion noted.

    Sorry to be so casual, but it’s just the Internet.

    Anyway, “Irregardless is an informal term commonly used in place of regardless or irrespective…”

    All right, I’ll try to take my irregardless rate from 50% of posts down to less than 10%. D’accord? D’accord!

  5. none says:

    Thanks for taking the suggestion, sfcitizen. Keep up the good work. D’accord.