Even When Parked?
So apparently Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight for electronic device use:
Alec Baldwin was booted from an American Airlines flight in Los Angeles on Tuesday, apparently after he used an electronic device to play a Scrabble-like game before the plane departed.
“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt,” Baldwin tweeted.
Now, by most accounts, Baldwin is something of an arse. So I believe American Airlines when they say that there was more to it than the use of the electronic device. But what caught my interest is that they did not dispute that the plane was parked at the time of the incident:
American Airlines chimed in on its own Twitter account, writing, “Our flight attendants were following federal safety procedures on electronic devices when aircraft door is closed.”
Is this the rule? I turn off my electronic devices when they tell me to (or at least give the appearance of turning them off), but I thought that pertained to the safety instructions and plane movement, not just closed doors. Am I misremembering? Do other airlines just not enforce this rule (I never fly American)? I am pretty certain that cell phones go on while taxiing after landing (when the door is presumably closed). And I know for a fact when we’re stuck on the runway, electronics and cell phones are okay (where again, the door is presumably closed).