An Open Letter to the Guy Sitting Next to Me Last Night on My US Airways flight from Fort Lauderdale:
I just wanted to let you know how honored I was to be sitting next to you last night. I know you must be an important person of some sort since you could not put down your Blackberry during the flight. Sure, the airlines all ask the passengers nicely not to use these things during a flight, but you are an important person, with important tasks, and, well, frankly those rules don’t apply to you.
I’m certain that the messages you were responding to at 9:15pm were urgent. I’m certain that whatever you were procuring or human resourcing or financing could not possibly wait until you landed. I understand that, and I enjoyed basking in the glow of your own importance. And the glow of the Blackberry.
I know that it’s important for everyone else to follow rules, even if we think they’re stupid. Except for you. No, the plane isn’t going to crash if you use your Blackberry, Mr. Procurement Guy, but the airlines have asked us nicely. And in exchange for your $79 flight to Florida, all they ask is that you turn the damn thing off. Is that so difficult?
Have a nice day,