Cell Phones On Airplanes

July 18, 2008

in Non-Story Archives

Air France introduced cell phone service on its aircraft, and other members of the European Union might follow suit. Concerned about cell phones becoming an in-flight annoyance, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio introduced a bill called the Halting Airplane Noise to Give Us Peace (HANG UP) Act which would prohibit voice communication use of cell phones (text messages and emails would be allowed).

Harriet Baskas has written several articles about cell phone usage on airplanes in her blog, Stuck at the Airport, and in her MSNBC.com column, The Well-Mannered Traveler. Harriet hosted a survey about cell phone use on planes. Sixty-four percent of respondents stated that they were against cell phone calls, but were for text and email service.

The video below shows another way that cell phones can be a nuisance on airplanes:

jaapt July 16, 2008 at 3:08 am

I believe that people are already stressed enough by the waiting and more at a airfield and then the noice of people calling. http://www.zoekjelastminute.nl

noodlepopjin July 19, 2008 at 9:56 pm

This is a horrible idea.

It'll be just like being stuck near a cell-phone talker at a restaurant, but worse because you can't escape as easily.

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