Enough With the Live Tweeting on Airplanes


Today’s viral story of nonsense that will be forgotten about by tomorrow revolved around a couple breaking-up on a delayed flight out of Raleigh. Meanwhile, passenger Kelly Keegs decided to pass the time and live tweet the whole exchange.

Okay, I get it. Preppie white couple drama unfolding in front of everyone. People point, role their eyes and chuckle. Did this really needed to be broadcast? Who’s benefit is this for? I hope this doesn’t happen to you some day, Keegs. Not everything that’s funny, amusing or OMG incredible needs to be broadcast. I hope the couple contacts you and chews you out.

Remember Melissa Stetten? She’s the writer/model who live tweeted a guy hitting on her during a cross country red eye flight. The guy was a married actor and devout Christian.

Again, I get it. Hot chick gets hit on by douchebag.  Douchebags are funny. He’s embarrassed when the story goes viral. We move on.

I had a fidgety, portly guy who was juggling a MacBook, iPhone and iPad next to me order six Diet Cokes on a flight to San Francisco. Never did it occur to me that I needed to tell the whole world at that time and take pictures to make fun of him.

Point being, why are people doing this? I’m hoping it’s not some sort of narcissistic idea to validate your witty Twitter existence.

If it’s to pass the time because you can’t sit still during a delay or can’t tell a guy to STFU, then I have some suggestions:

  • read a book
  • listen to some music
  • write to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while
  • study up on what to do at your destination if you’re on vacation. The magazine in front of you is pretty handy.

The best thing on these activities — you could do these things in 1990, before smartphones. Still effective today.

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