I understand other people have other conditions and may not have appreciated this, but I am the flip side. In 3 hours of playing music from my phone without charing it, it would have been dead. And without music to keep me calm, I would have been an absolute wreck. I don't like Dvorak, there are much better classical pieces/composers that I would prefer, but this music could literally have been my saving grace if I was in that situation.
That's really interesting. If we look at this from every angle, then these musicians may have been performing a service for some passengers.
That's stretching it a bit, lbr.
And by "peace & quiet", I didn't mean nobody couldn't make noise at all. I would expect a baby to cry, people to carry on conversations, etc but I wouldn't expect someone to, say, pull out their music & play it without headphones on.
Several of us in the thread have said we would be delighted by such happenings. I would definitely considerate a service. A free concert by world class musicians.
And this thread also tells us that for some, it would be equivalent to the 5th Circle of Hell. None of us were there though, unluckily for some, lucky for others.
I still don't see why someone's desire for music to prevent stress on a plane trumps that of someone who needs the music not played to prevent stress.
It's not a desire of music to prevent stress, it's a need, just as important as a need not to have music. I'm saying that personally I would have been hysterical in that situation, having just as much of a meltdown that someone may have been having due to the music. One need doesn't trump another, they're competing needs.
However, it didn't appear that there were people on the plane who had a meltdown due to the impromptu concert. No, I wasn't there, so I don't know firsthand, but from every single news report on it, people were thankful. Not a single negative report has come out of it.
Let us assume, however, that nobody was triggered into a meltdown because of this. No medical problems, no physical needs, just desires. Why would one person's desire not to listen to this type of music be more important than the desires of the other passengers to enjoy the moment as it happened?
Especially since its really easy and quite common to play music privately via headphones. In fact in my whole life I have never been on a commercial flight that didn't have free music available for individuals - all you have to do is plug a set of earphones into your arm rest. Ok it might not be your absolute favorite selection, but its always there.
From what I understand, when the plane is on the tarmac, nothing is turned on. There is no air, no overhead lights, there isn't any music being pumped through the systems, so you can't just plug in a set of earphones.