Is it the heebie-geebies people get from the TSA’s grabby hands or is it new airline regulations? Regardless of its cause, air travel has some people pushing limits: A British Airways flight was delayed for three hours this weekend because the pilot threw an unclaimed mobile phone out of the cockpit window before takeoff. From The Daily Mail:
Airline sources say the pilot became annoyed after being told he had to return to the airport gate to hand in the mobile.
And in an attempt to take off as quickly as possible, he simply chucked the phone out of the cockpit window.
But airport officials refused to let the aircraft leave Edinburgh [Scotland] Airport for Gatwick and his actions had the opposite effect – delaying the flight by three hours.
The pilot is now facing an investigation by the airline and possible disciplinary action.
Hey, at least he didn’t throw a golf club or a tennis racket. Being a commercial pilot is the most stressful job, after all.
Passengers don’t seem to be making it any easier either. Earlier this month, a scantily clad man tested the limits of US Airways and passengers by dressing in lady’s under garments From Styleite.com:
Though Tarlow and others on the flight complained, US Airways’ employees didn’t have a problem with his questionable attire. Company spokeswoman Valerie Wunder explained that as long as customers covered their private parts, they were allowed to fly.
What happened to the old days when your main concerns were the size of your carry-on?
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Sounds like oversharing Tweets and status updates are the new drunk dials.
Retrevo Gadgetology conducted a study that looks at how people use technology in their lives. They surveyed 1,000 people from various age groups and gender. Of their respondents, 32 percent of people over the age of 25 regret posting things online, and more than half of the people under the age of 25 say they regretted posting things online.
When asked “have you ever posted anything online about YOURSELF that you regretted?” 35 percent of the whole group said “yes.” In fact, more than 25 percent of those who said yes also said the posting in question ruined their marriage, relationship, or complicated things at home or work.
If you’re a smart phone user, you are more than twice as more likely to post something online that you will later regret.
Too bad the survey didn’t come out in time to serve as a warning to the most unfortunate Tweeter this month.
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Panama Jackson on Monday, May. 23rd
I’m fairly certain that over the course of civilization, men and women have been figuring out and perfecting ways to piss off their boothangs at an alarming clip. From locking a man out of a cave by pushing the boulder in front of the entrance early to forgetting to turn the crank on the car for a woman…pisstivity is an art form. I’m even convinced that many of us do it on purpose. I don’t even have a boothang right now but I just pissed off my boy’s boothang to keep my skills in tact. She had it coming though…how you gonna come up in my motherlovin’ establishment, eat my food, drink my wine, and then tell me Baby Boy is the worst thing to happen to the Black community since the Civil Rights Movement?
Just rude. Especially since the obvious truth is that Black people are the worst thing to happen to the Black community since the Civil Rights Movement.
Nowadays, with so many means of interacting with people we probably shouldn’t interact with, we end up with lots of boothangs and love interests that we normally wouldn’t have had when IM was a carrier pigeon. Between Al Gore’s offspring, smartphones, and iPads, we communicate differently now. We BBM, we Facebook, we chat and text. Hell, we spend more time talking without speaking to one another, you’d think we were all extras in a Charlie Chaplin movie. And with this new fangled technology swoon comes new and improved ways to get your point across and piss off your boothang. This is actually a talent and a skill. I’ve been impressed with some people’s ability to really get under the skin of their boopieces. Now for those needing some help in this department, fret not, VSB is here to show you how we do this son.
(By the way, I can neither confirm nor deny whether or not I have or will ever do any of these things. I will. Thank you and good night.)
1. Sending somebody to voicemail
Nothing illicits a ”no this motherf*@#er did not” faster than hearing the voicemail greeting after the first ring. It’s just disrespectful. This works especially well if you rush your boothang off the phone and they call back. Ring. Voicemail. Death threats. Indictments. 6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot PUNCH!
2. Changing your Gchat status from green to red or going invisible and pretending you’re not there
I don’t even adhere to people’s status lights anymore. Red is merely an indicator that you just want to talk to me and not everybody else. But if you want to piss somebody off, be mid convo and just go to busy…and don’t respond back. Or just log off altogether if you’re really gully. This especially works at pissing off women. Women do not like to be ignored, but being both ignored AND “hung up” on? She’s gonna attempt to lay hands on you later, fellas. Bob and weave, nicca. Bob and weave.
For more on how (not) to blame your relationship woes on technology, visit Very Smart Brothas.
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In 2008, a man was pulled over and arrested by Ventura County sheriff’s after the passenger in his car had sold ecstasy pills to an undercover officer. This case, The People Vs. Diaz, is the basis for new California legislation allowing officers of the law to search a detainee’s cell phone without a search warrant, and within 90 minutes of their arrest.
Turnstyle went around asking people if they believe police officers should have the power to search a cell phone without a warrant. This is what they had to say.
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