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1. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

(Thanks for the idea Dave;) )

Just wondering what peoples feelings are about this...I can understand if your a business person and feel the need to get as much work done as possible. But listening to others conversations in such a small area can be very irritating...

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I think this is still a long way off as long as airlines are arguing it can interfere with the systems on board. Funnily enough, I switch on my laptop on flights and no one ever asks me if I haven't switched off the wifi signal...

Anyway, I agree it would be annoying, not just the talking but imagine the phone's ringing etc. I hope therefore this never becomes a reality, but that's just wishful thinking probably...

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

henever entering military demolitions ranges OR highly volatile / inflammable industrial sites (such as oil refineries), inductees are advised of the dangers of radio signals. Mobile phones and even car cigarette lighters are sometimes left at the entrance. One flash and you're ash, so to speak!

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 11y

I've always wondered..

If mobile phones are such a danger, then why are people even allowed to take them on the plane ??

I mean, if metal forks are too dangerous for some airlines ...

I wonder if satellite phones would be ok.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 11y

Oh but hey, if there's internet, then you could just use skype or something similar to talk to anyone anywhere in the world for as long as you like while on board :) hehe

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Soon TSA isn't even going to allow lighters.....
http://www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/editorial/editorial_multi_image_with_table_0099.xml
How over the top can they go?

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

I've always wondered..

If mobile phones are such a danger, then why are people even allowed to take them on the plane ??

I mean, if metal forks are too dangerous for some airlines ...

I wonder if satellite phones would be ok.

I don't know how many electrical / electronic signals that forks are capable of transmitting.

Mobile phones are now owned by so many people; it would be a major inconvenience not to be allowed to carry them on phones. The air hostesses / stewards usually check that passengers have turned them off after the safety announcement to do so, has been made.

They may not be such a danger, however airline companies are subject to international safety laws.

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

The air hostesses / stewards usually check that passengers have turned them off after the safety announcement to do so, has been made.

Really? I can't remember ever having a steward check my phone

They have told me to turn my iPod shuffle off before landing, which seems particularly silly to me when you consider that the battery in that is probably no more harmful than a wristwatch.

I'm guessing maybe the combination of a whole airplane full of switched on phones might have some very slight effect, but an individual one left on would be pretty much neglible.

Otherwise, it seems like a rather easy form of 'terror'.

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I see your point, Peter. I think it might have been an Air Italia flight I was on, that had mostly male stewards rather than female hostesses checking the comfort and safety of passengers. Come to think of it, earlier this year Kuwait Airways also had a lot of stewards on board as well

10. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

I mean, if metal forks are too dangerous for some airlines ...

Funny you should mention that Peter;)
Metal cutlery back on board....
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/050404/325/ffmhj.html