This is the tray table I folded down on my American Airlines Flight. I felt so dirty. Like by unfolding the tray I was "opting in" to their ad. "No, no", thought I. Then I accepted a drink (seltzer, baby, everytime!), and had to put it somewhere.
Damned by my own thirst.
I already had no room. Getting the "can you hear me now guy" in my lap - boy, what a treat. Did business class and First get this crap, too? No clue. But boy - a few hours of this smug gal and the irritating pitch hack dude - wow - do I HATE them now. VZW's media agency probably got a great deal - can't you hear the pitch? "Just think - high value target audience, limited visual distractions - and if they're delayed? JACKPOT, BABY! They may be trapped without food or water for hours on the tarmac at SFO, but you'll OWN them!" (And the green jacket: wtf? Niiiice propping.). With rising aviation fuel prices, I gotta imagine this will only get worse. I have nasty visions of being delayed at O'Hare in a cabin stickered up like a NASCAR vehicle, begging for the only food and drink on board: Brawndo and piss-flavored Chex snack bags. For $14 dollars. Exact change, please.
Hey - here's some "360 marketing" - put a person on the transcontinental flight who CLEANS THE BATHROOM after each use. NOW I like your brand. Barring that, put "can you hear me now" guy's face on the toilet paper.