ANOTHER GUEST PEEVE! THIS ONE IS ELOQUENTLY WRITTEN BY MY SISTER, ELIZABETH, AND CONTINUES THE THEME OF CELL PHONE MISUSE. READ IT!
This guest peeve could fall under the Cell Outs heading, but really implies a deeper problem than inappropriate cell phone etiquette. This is the passenger who responds immediately to "Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Chicago, where the local time is 6:20PM. If you can reach your cell phone without leaving your seat, you are welcome to use it at this time......" You know the guy. He immediately picks up his phone and dials. He announces that he "just landed" (duh), that he isn't at the gate yet (duh), that he will have to get his bag (duh), and often that he will call again (because at this point, there really isn't any information that the recipient can't live without). You can always tell that said caller is met with the equivalent of an empty stare.
This call has no purpose. Not only can you look up flight information (and this guy probably called when he left, too), but even if the flight is delayed, you can track the flight online. At any given moment you can see that this plane left the gate 17 minutes late, is traveling over Iowa, and is expected to arrive eight minutes late at gate C38. Bags can be claimed at carousel #12. Inevitably, this guy hangs up with a bit of a sigh and then pushes ahead of you in the aisle of the plane, only to stand and wait for his bag to arrive (probably while on the phone with his next victim).
Now, it is probably also safe to assume that this is the same guy that calls the minute his departure has been delayed. Again, no information to pass on just yet. You hear him say in anger "my flight's delayed, some mechanical problem, weather, whatever....." Of course, he is told, if anything, to call back when he knows more. Which you can bet on.......