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Taildragger67
7th Dec 2007, 13:11
From Planebuzz (http://www.planebuzz.com/2007/11/we_knew_this_was_going_to_happ.html):

We Knew This Was Going To Happen: iPhone Equipped Passenger Takes On Flight Crew Over Weather

One of our subscribers sent me this story today. We all knew this one was inevitable when the latest iPhone commercial rolled out -- now didnt we?

"Oh joy! I can't wait for the next ground delay or long taxi due to weather somewhere to get a smart ass with a freakin I-phone shoving it in my face saying "It's NOT raining there... SEE !" Too late ... already happened to me. We push back, get advised of a ground stop in MEM due to storms in the area. Go to the penalty box and wait. My Captain does the lecture over the PA... not one minute later, we get dinged from the F/A "Some guy with an IPhone says the weather is good, and wants to know what the real reason is for the delay. Is something wrong with the plane?"

I want to tell this clown what he can do with his IdiotPhone - but the Captain does it even better. He gets on the PA and makes the following announcement :

"If the passenger with the IPhone would be kind enough to use it to check the weather at our alternate, calculate our fuel burn due to being rerouted around the storms, call the dispatcher to arrange our release, and then make a phone call to the nearest Air Traffic Control center to arrange our timely departure amongst the other aircraft carrying passengers with IPhones, then we will be more than happy to depart. Please ring your call button to advise the Flight Attendant and your fellow passengers when you deem it ready and responsible for this multi-million dollar aircraft and its passengers to safely leave."

Needless to say, the pax was pretty embarrassed. The F/A later told us the rest of the plane was outright laughing at this dude. What a clown."

Firestorm
7th Dec 2007, 15:56
Excellent response from the Captain. An entertaining story, and a great ending!

DX Wombat
8th Dec 2007, 12:50
Priceless! :D :D :D

stellair
11th Dec 2007, 01:59
Superb, there's always one! :ugh:

AirScrew
12th Dec 2007, 00:19
just bringing this to the top so others can have a laugh at the clots with their new iPod/Phone gizmos...

kiwi chick
12th Dec 2007, 01:07
Hahahaha, well done Captain! :D :D :D

What a bunch of fecken morons huh?! :ugh:

Howard Hughes
12th Dec 2007, 06:45
know-all passenger
Hey that could be KC soon, she might have to get herself an I-Phone...;)

Lamenting Navigator
12th Dec 2007, 07:53
Oi, just because some idiot doesn't get how to properly use the i-phone (and with regard to others) doesn't mean the rest of us should get roped in!

My i-phone is great. It goes into flight mode when I'm on aircraft and frankly the mapping button has got me out of the odd navigational difficulty (i.e. finding the new pub). Who trusts Yahoo weather forecasts, anyway?

Taildragger67
12th Dec 2007, 09:07
Lamenting Navigator,

Mate you're a brave man, owning up to owning the latest gizmo on this forum! :}

phnuff
12th Dec 2007, 16:39
Great original response from the captain

I must admit, I would love an iPhone (yep dangerous to say here, but they are fabulous gadgets), but in the UK, it would mean being tied into the O2 network (and that is bad due to poor coverage etc.) My personal opinion is that Apple shot themselves in the foot with the O2 only deal. Anyone else agree?