Ugh, the Miami flight attendant base is really a sore spot for American, in my opinion. Flying from Tampa to Miami this morning, the self appointed purser (not the actual purser, but the coach flight attendant that decided he wanted to make lots of announcements) got on the PA and said “there are 31 cell phones, eight laptops, and six iPads still on.” I thought he was trying to be funny, though two minutes later he said “there are still 10 cell phones, two laptops, and three iPads that need to be powered down.”
Then a minute later “ladies and gentlemen, there are still three cellphones on, and we can’t push back till they are off. You’re delaying our flight.”
It seemed this was actually his technique of trying to get people to turn off their electronics. While most people in first class laughed at him or rolled their eyes, I didn’t see any reactions in coach, so some people probably believed him.
I found that to be terribly unprofessional, and I was tempted to mention it to him. Unfortunately this guy looked like the Hulk’s bigger brother, so I wasn’t about to say anything. I’m still mildly tempted to write a note to American mentioning this (not because I want anything, but because I think a supervisor needs to sit down and explain to him you can’t make up rules as they suit you).
Has anyone else had a flight attendant do this? Would you say anything?