My wife told me about this the other day but busy is busy. I read the story in the link, as well as from several other sources, and I have to say a few questions come to mind. First, who ordered the hands on the head? The captain? Who enforces that? The flight attendants? And how do they enforce that? Last hour of the flight? If the problem was that serious why not divert immediately? An hour back LAX to MIA would give you TPA or MSY as decent diverts. Just seems like an odd way to go about a perceived security threat. I know my arms would fall asleep if I tried to hold them over my head for an hour or more. What about a mother or family with small kids? Kids need attending too unless you got lucky and they were asleep the entire time. I'd just like to hear the rationale behind the idea of everyone putting their hands on their heads, as if being masked wasn't bad enough.
American Airlines ordered everyone on a Miami-bound flight to put their hands on their heads for about an hour due to an unspecified “possible security threat”, passengers say.
“Passengers were ordered to put their hands on their heads for 45-60 minutes before landing,” Chris Nguyen, who was on the flight, wrote on Twitter. “Strangely, passengers were repeatedly told not to film on the plane.”
What's the point of an open door policy if inside the open door sits a closed mind?