Douchebags in Flight

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

That we Filipinos see the law as something that can be bent is a given. This mentality seems to extend to other, more immutable laws, though. The law of gravity, say.

Philippine air regulations prohibit the use of mobile phones and other devices with transmitters aboard airplanes. The rationale being mobile phones could interfere with the airplane’s navigation systems and its ability to stay in the sky.

This does not seem to matter much to Filipinos, though, as demonstrated by a chorus of Nokia tones and message alert beeps that accompany Philippine flights on their final approach to any airport.

The thinking, I suppose, is that since you’re almost there anyway, a sudden burst of cellular activity won’t really matter much. No way to go but down, right?

"o, kumusta ka na? anong oras na diyan?"

"o, kumusta ka na? anong oras na diyan?"

The warning to stay buckled in until the plane comes to a complete stop is likewise treated as a friendly suggestion.  This shaves off precious seconds of deplaning time, but also increases the risk of baggage flying around.

No worries in case you get hit on the head by a suitcase, though. Medical assistance is just a call or text away.

Yes, we lost at the Philippine Blog Awards 2009.


  1. Yun oh! welcome back brother. yes, for filipinos, everything is negotiable. what’s keeping us down all this time is our culture. cultural revolution dapat mangyari dito :p wacha guys theenk?

  2. Hirap nun ‘pre. parang ganun, pero hindi totally. sa tingin ni Mao ang bulok sa bansa/kultura nila eh yung middle class?or yung sa tingin ni Mao na gusto mangyari ng middle class w/c is gawing capitalist country ang China. Tayo naman,well, mas bulok kultura natin sa tingin ko. At least mga chinese masisipag. 😀 This is going to be a long post if i continue hehe

  3. Just a tidbit fact:

    I know a lot of people from the Aviation industry as well as having pilot friends.

    According to them, especially the pilots, it was revealed to them by their instructors when they were studying that using mobile phone IN FLIGHT is not actually harmful to the on-board communication devices of the aircraft. I forgot the reason why. I will ask later. Hahaha.

    BUT ANYWAY, I do not want those bigotilyo maong jacket-wearing Titos speaking with someone over the celly while UNNECESSARY SHOUTING like:


    So yeah, I\\\’d rather that the rule stays that way.

  4. @ Nepenthe:
    I agree!.. You know Filipinos are beggars sitting on the mountain of gold. Minsan masasabi ko baliw talaga ang pilipino. Sayang diba??

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