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Is it time for BA to crack down on use of speakers in lounges and on planes?

Is it time for BA to crack down on use of speakers in lounges and on planes?

Old Sep 6, 19, 8:28 am
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Is it time for BA to crack down on use of speakers in lounges and on planes?

It is getting worse.

I must pass through lounges ten times a week on average.

On more than half of those visits, I find myself being disturbed by someone either taking a call on speakerphone, playing a TV show or video on speaker or playing a video game out loud.

A few days ago, I took matters in to my own hands and was thanked by a number of lounge staff.

It is also becoming a problem on board.

Does BA now need to adopt a stringent policy about this? Or would this cost them too much in lost business from certain parts of the world?
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Old Sep 6, 19, 8:33 am
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Yes! An announcement in lounges/on board that personal devices can only be used with personal earphones would be a welcomed development.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 8:37 am
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How often would the announcements in a lounge be required ?!
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Old Sep 6, 19, 8:39 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
How often would the announcements in a lounge be required ?!
Every couple of minutes. And they would have to be made at very loud volume to ensure the offenders would actually hear them.

So be careful what you wish for...
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Old Sep 6, 19, 8:41 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
How often would the announcements in a lounge be required ?!
Announcing on board is fine. I think signage and possibly even leaflets (perhaps in English and Arabic) when people arrive at lounges would be the way forward on the ground.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 8:42 am
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I don't know if it's time for BA to take a stand specifically, but it is time for people to stop being so selfish. I have no idea when it became acceptable to play music or listen to the TV out loud on your speakers in public, it's so rude. I don't want to hear it! I had to spend a whole 2.5 hour flight listening to chuffing Peppa Pig on a really high volume from the child seated behind me, whose parents felt it was acceptable to have it on at such a high volume and without, oh I don't know, using headphones! (And no I didn't mention anything at the time, so I don't have any right to complain etc. etc., but this is the topic and I am responding ).
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Old Sep 6, 19, 8:45 am
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Originally Posted by lorelai View Post
I don't know if it's time for BA to take a stand specifically, but it is time for people to stop being so selfish. I have no idea when it became acceptable to play music or listen to the TV out loud on your speakers in public, it's so rude.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 9:13 am
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Originally Posted by lorelai View Post
I don't know if it's time for BA to take a stand specifically, but it is time for people to stop being so selfish. I have no idea when it became acceptable to play music or listen to the TV out loud on your speakers in public, it's so rude. I don't want to hear it! I had to spend a whole 2.5 hour flight listening to chuffing Peppa Pig on a really high volume from the child seated behind me, whose parents felt it was acceptable to have it on at such a high volume and without, oh I don't know, using headphones! (And no I didn't mention anything at the time, so I don't have any right to complain etc. etc., but this is the topic and I am responding ).
Indeed.....Mummy Rabbit's voice is especially annoying.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 9:16 am
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Yes, absolutely agree. And when people talk on their phones with the speaker on, I just despair. I feel like grabbing their phone and lobbing it as far as I can. Selfish isnít the word.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 9:26 am
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It appears that many people now imagine that they are in an episode of The Apprentice and hold the phone at 90 degrees to their fizog and bellow. I think it's Manchester that has introduced moron lanes on the pavement for those who cannot lift their eyes from their phone.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 9:30 am
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To answer the question in the thread title: yes, a decade or so ago.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 9:34 am
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I once asked a chap to moderate his voice and he did and then came to apologies and then said he moved so as to not disturb his friends!

I gently said that he could have nipped back behind the screens at the entrance from the first wing and he would have disturbed no one.



But yes something needs to be done - signs etc would be a start and then gentle reminders from staff.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 9:34 am
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Whilst they are at it, perhaps a ban on screaming kids, sef important people speaking loudly on phones, and the most annoying of all, eating crisps on a night flight. :O

Of course there is always the option of your own headphones.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 9:34 am
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Was in Row 1 a couple of weeks ago (CE) and someone was playing a videogame at quite high volume. I asked the CSM to ask them to please turn it down. She reappeared a few moments later saying "it is a child: hopefully they will turn it off when we take off". I was a bit surprised she didn't 'request' they turn it off then and there, although I didn't notice it after the engines turned on so not sure if they stopped or were just too far back.

(OT, but I felt sorry for her later when she was one meal short and realised 3D was an impostor who "thought it was un-allocated seating". Couldn't quite believe that!)
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Old Sep 6, 19, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by TheJayHatch View Post
Was in Row 1 a couple of weeks ago (CE) and someone was playing a videogame at quite high volume. I asked the CSM to ask them to please turn it down. She reappeared a few moments later saying "it is a child: hopefully they will turn it off when we take off". I was a bit surprised she didn't 'request' they turn it off then and there, although I didn't notice it after the engines turned on so not sure if they stopped or were just too far back.

(OT, but I felt sorry for her later when she was one meal short and realised 3D was an impostor who "thought it was un-allocated seating". Couldn't quite believe that!)
This doesn't sound like a very professional FA. Being a child doesn't make it OK to listen to videos ion business class (even CE) without headphones. She should have insisted that the thing be turned off or muted immediately if headphones weren't available and not "hopefully" after takeoff.
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