Being a travel blogger is interesting at times. Some of us, well those of us who fly United that is, have gotten in real trouble for taking photos on-board aircraft. I mean REAL trouble.
Thankfully Delta is not nearly as stupid as United when it comes to cabin photos. Personally I try to be aware of people and leave them out of shots as much as I can, but at the same time if someone is out in “public” and they don’t want their photo taken then just don’t go out in public. That is my feeling on the matter anyway.
I do employ one of these 3M GOLD filters and it does work very well. Unless you are looking straight at my screen it is just about impossible to see anything even under dark conditions like a night flight. The thing just works.
What prompted me personally to start using one was the above shot that ended up in the Business Insiders piece about the world’s greatest mileage runners. The back story behind this was that I had “enjoyed” these two little ones making a BUNCH of noise in the gate area and I was never more happy to score a gate upgrade. It was the last row of 1st but at least I would have some peace and quiet on my transcon flight. But then suddenly one of the bundles of joy gets plopped down next to me. Ruh Roh 🙂
Soooooh, I decide to take a selfie of the moment and later on in the flight began to edit the photo and work on a post. The parent of the lap child looks over and just freaks out. Now I did not want to cause an incident up in the air and I do try to be careful with kids in my shots, but as mentioned I feel if you don’t ever want to be in a photo don’t go out in public. I diffused the moment and blurred out the little one’s face before posting (as I often do).
But this did prompt me when I fly to get a 3M filter. The thing is this. It is a bit of a pain to use. It is not permanently attached to my screen and is just held in place with little plastic tabs. The result is it does tend to move around and must be put back in place each time I use it. It does darken my screen a bit so I use more battery power to brighten up my screen. It also gets dirty easy with finger smudges. I find myself removing it when at home and put it back when I fly. All of this is a bit of work.
I guess that gets to my opening question. Are these things worth all the hassle. I mean I know for some whatever is being worked on needs to be secured so the data must be protected from prying eyes. For me, really not so much, but it is nice to keep passwords and other things private so maybe it is – I just don’t know. Do you use one? Must you use one for work. Are they worth the hassle vs. benefits? – René
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