Normal for Amtrak to let passengers play music without headphones?

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LakersFan12

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Sorry if this sounds dumb, but I'm trying to figure out whether or not my recent experience on the Silver Star was out of the ordinary. Basically, for a huge part of the distance from NY to Miami, a passenger (maybe 2 different people at different times) was playing music and TV shows without headphones, even as late as 1:30 AM. The volume wasn't deafening, but definitely loud enough that you could hear it at both ends of the car. Judging by the guy in the row ahead of me repeatedly cussing her out under his breath, I don't think I was the only one perplexed as to why someone would think it was ok to do that. But I was even more surprised that the conductor came through at least 5 or 6 times and acted like nothing was amiss, even around midnight. A different conductor came through the car a few times while it was happening again the next morning, and he didn't ask them to use headphones either. There's no possible way the conductors couldn't hear it, and they weren't communicating with other crew members or talking to other passengers, so it's making me wonder if that sort of thing is just an expected part of Amtrak travel and if I should maybe invest in a good pair of headphones (or consider other modes of travel). Thanks for any insight!
 

Qapla

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I haven't been on either of the Silvers since C-19 started so I do not know what current procedure is for this ... the times I have used the Silvers it was NOT allowed and the attendants would ask people to use some sort of private listening.
 

railiner

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Right. One has to wonder where the multiple conductors were between New York and Miami in the first place.
Not for sure, certainly...but I suspect that the crew may be very 'careful' about enforcing rules in certain sensitive situations....especially lately....
 

Michigan Mom

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There is always someone doing this. Or talking loudly on their phone in the "quiet" car (if there is one). In my experiences, the announcements are always made, the enforcement not so much. You can either complain to the conductor or just chalk it up to part of the experience.
 

anumberone

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There is always someone doing this. Or talking loudly on their phone in the "quiet" car (if there is one). In my experiences, the announcements are always made, the enforcement not so much. You can either complain to the conductor or just chalk it up to part of the experience.
Or, get fed up and talk to party that's bothering you. Sometimes people are just oblivious, and after you tell them, it's all good. Sometimes things don't go so smooth. I'm mainly referring to situations in general. But, On a trip from Miami to NY. I'd be fed up.
 
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