I’ve been traveling lately and have been struck by the pointless No Smoking lights in airplanes. I think we all know by now that smoking is not permitted. Seriously, are there still people out there that are unaware and likely to light a cigarette in flight? Not only is the light pointless, it is made even more so by staying lit the entire time. To me, this light is a waste of space and could be used for something far more useful.
The Turn Off Electronics Light
I think it would be great if airplanes replaced the No Smoking image with a Turn Off Electronics image. I often find myself listening to music only to be tapped on the shoulder by a stewardess asking me to turn it off. The reason why I missed the announcement? Because I was listening to music. If the light would flash when it was time to turn off electronics, in addition to the voice, it would be very useful.