Passenger Airdrops Porn, Delaying Flight To Phoenix

Before the pandemic United Airlines was training flight attendants to stop inflight viewing of porn. There are fewer people traveling now, but apparently some of them are still watching porn on planes.

On this delayed flight to Phoenix someone was airdropping porn from their iPhone. A flight attendant made an announcement telling parents to make sure kids with iphones have their bluetooth turned off, and that their setting won’t allow receiving files from people not on their contact list.

Airlines have delay codes for weather, mechanical, crew availability and a host of other reasons. This may be the first flight, however, that was delayed by porn.

I’d have to think that someone with porn on a device would keep that to themselves. That goes doubly for whenever you travel because the U.S. government claims the right to search the devices of two-thirds of Americans where they live, and store all the contents for 75 years.

Yet people do seem to indulge their porn habit on planes, although some at least try to be furtive about it. A flight attendant in my Facebook feed once shared a story about a man taking such a long time in the lavatory that another passenger expressed concern – eventually the crew started to suspect a medical emergency. After much knocking he came out, iPad in hand. He went in there to watch a movie. That’s one way to handle the problem of other passengers seeing the explicit scenes on your personal device.

Air Canada has warned pilots to stop leaving porn in the cockpits. Several years ago Etihad pilots wrote up their aircraft’s inflight internet because the signal wasn’t good enough to stream porn.

A Qantas employee was recently fired for watching porn on the job, but their defense was ingenuous: they claimed not to be watching the porn, they had fallen asleep on the job and it just ‘came on’.

I’m never watching that kind of movie. But what about an HBO or Showtime drama? I’m usually sitting in a premium cabin, so I have a little more space at least. But when I’m in coach I lean on inflight entertainment a bit more since it’s harder to get work done. Up front I’m rarely sitting next to young children, usually it’s a middle-aged business man. Still, I’ll fast forward through any of the more explicit scenes. Sitting in back I avoid those shows altogether.

How do you handle more explicit scenes of shows you watch when traveling?

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Comments

  1. “ How do you handle more explicit scenes of shows you watch when traveling?“

    Same approach I use at TSA. I take off my pants and jacket.

  2. “I’m never watching that kind of movie”, writes Gary.

    That’s potentially bigotry lumping videos with all nudity as smut. Some of it may be art. I can’t define it but I can decide if I see it.

  3. derek,

    When he says “I’m never watching that kind of movie”, is it a case of denial despite prior history of doing just that …. whether on a plane or not? Or maybe it’s a Trump-like denial.

    By the way, there is some history also of people using Bluetooth communication to send over sexually explicit material to strangers while on the train, and that was close to a decade ago. So I doubt that this is the first time there has been someone airdropping sexually explicit material on a plane. Seems more like it was just another incident of such activity, but one that got a FA’s attention and ended up covered by media of one or more sort.

  4. Trump-like denials? As in Trump denying comments attributed to him by anonymous parties in The Atlantic when Trump was in Europe a few years back? Seems GUWonder hasn’t read John Bolton’s debunking of the recently spread libel about Trump.

  5. People who get worked up about this are fragile, and rattling their cages is cruel. All things considered, a new low for the Sky Is Falling Institute of Bad Clickbait.

  6. Not sure why anyone would want to watch this on a flight. I recall watching an airline movie (Red Sparrow) and it had some scenes you wouldn’t want a young kid to see. I recall looking around to see if any kids were nearby.

    We had an ex-school teacher working for a small company years ago and he was doing this at work. They warned him once but then he did it again and got fired. I was a bit concerned what he was doing when he was teaching. I mean if you can’t control it during the work day, you have some issues.

  7. I was ‘spammed’ by a ‘pro Trump’ group on an AA flight , which followed my phone post flight…eventually cycled to ads for NRA…did filė a complaint with AA and the WIFI supplier…
    Lost my VOTE !!!!

  8. @Al So you were on the fence until this happened? I’m sure this was the straw that turned you to…uh…you know…uh…..the thing…Sleepy Joe!

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