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1. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

What does everyone think about airlines allowing mobile phones on flights? I personally can't understand why any airline would want to allow this - there is certainly not a necessity for it, and I think it's actually quite nice not to be contactable for a few hours!

On trains it's annoying when phones are constantly going off so I'm not looking forward to a similar situation on planes. It's hard enough to sleep on a plane journey anyway without the constant noise of mobiles!

Surely there isn't a demand from passengers for this?

2. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 8y

I hear ya! I hate it when people talk loudly or incessantly on their mobile phone on the train, and I dread the thought of being stuck on a plane while someone talks away.

Eric

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Yep, trains, buses and mobile phones. Me no like.

It's the close proximity of it all. If I am trying to sleep or watch a movie while text messages are bouncing around the cabin it would bring Air Rage into question. The constant buzz of vibrate too.

I imagine they will use it as a marketing gimmick. If they have any sense they will have a section up front for phone calls. But then I don't imagine they will.

Still, the way things are going with security and air fares maybe by the time they introduce it we will all be in generic white medical sheets wheeling are own luggage out to the plane before passing out due to low oxygen supplies on board. Then we won't notice, until we get off the plane and see some dodgy security chap has nicked all our phones, and the terms and conditions of our tickets mean we can't claim.

Pessimistic day here

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 2, 2008, at 2:43 AM by outcast ]

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

One word: Pathetic!

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

No way! They can't do that!

I think we may start seeing cases of air rage over annoying ring tones and loud-mouthed blabbers.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I agree with everyone else - mobiles during the flight - BAD IDEA!!!!! It's already irritating enough after the plane has landed and people are on their phones before the flight attendant gives the okay. Instead of just staying in their seats, their up, blocking the aisles, talking on their phones and paying no attention to anything or anyone else around them. Love the ones trying to get their wheelie carry-on out of the bin with one hand while dialing away with the other. People are inconsiderate enough (with their phones) on the ground - in the air, the rest of us are just one big captive audience. I don't care about your business deals nor the fact that your sister's cousin's half-brother's lover is having an affair with a standard poodle dyed purple. I have a tendency to yell "HANG UP! YOU'RE NOT THAT IMPORTANT!!" at people driving and talking/texting. (They don't hear me but I feel better anyway.) I'd probably be doing the same thing on the plane and then locked in the loo just to shut me up...

Imagine the number of irate passengers grabbing someone else's phone (in mid-sentence) and flushing it down the toilet. Some poor guy in Cleveland or Pittsburgh or Warwick will have that rogue chuck of frozen airplane bathroom debris, filled with cellphones, crashing through his roof.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

I for one certainly hope it isn't allowed globally. If it's necessary for business type folks, let them allow it in Business Class; that'll bring down the value right quick! Of course, knowing airlines, they're most likely going to allow it in Economy and make upgrading to Business the only way for us to get away from it

8. Posted by chayisun (Budding Member 163 posts) 8y

Isadora 2nd Sep 08, 06:02
I agree with everyone else - mobiles during the flight - BAD IDEA!!!!! It's already irritating enough after the plane has landed and people are on their phones before the flight attendant gives the okay. Instead of just staying in their seats, their up, blocking the aisles, talking on their phones and paying no attention to anything or anyone else around them. Love the ones trying to get their wheelie carry-on out of the bin with one hand while dialing away with the other. People are inconsiderate enough (with their phones) on the ground - in the air, the rest of us are just one big captive audience. I don't care about your business deals nor the fact that your sister's cousin's half-brother's lover is having an affair with a standard poodle dyed purple. I have a tendency to yell "HANG UP! YOU'RE NOT THAT IMPORTANT!!" at people driving and talking/texting. (They don't hear me but I feel better anyway.) I'd probably be doing the same thing on the plane and then locked in the loo just to shut me up...

Having an affair with standard poodle dyed purple? My sister's cousin's half brother's lover, named Sven, has a great dane named Olaf, who has a girlfriend named Petunia...that's the great dane who has the girl friend...Not Sven..He's, you know...Anyway, Sven has a mobile phone, in pink and he uses the phone all the time to keep in touch with my sister's cousin's half brother who lives in Dawson City where he, the half brother, builds igloos.

Anyway, Sven will be really happy about being able to use his mobile phone on the plane to keep in touch with my sister's half brother while he wings his way to Paris for the latest fashion show.

As for me, Sue wouldn't let me use the phone on the plane. When we go away on a trip she takes out the battery on the phone and hides it.....

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting chayisun

Having an affair with standard poodle dyed purple? My sister's cousin's half brother's lover, named Sven, has a great dane named Olaf, who has a girlfriend named Petunia...that's the great dane who has the girl friend...Not Sven..He's, you know...Anyway, Sven has a mobile phone, in pink and he uses the phone all the time to keep in touch with my sister's cousin's half brother who lives in Dawson City where he, the half brother, builds igloos.

Anyway, Sven will be really happy about being able to use his mobile phone on the plane to keep in touch with my sister's half brother while he wings his way to Paris for the latest fashion show.

As for me, Sue wouldn't let me use the phone on the plane. When we go away on a trip she takes out the battery on the phone and hides it.....

I really do like Sue more and more!!!!!! I leave ours at home when we go somewhere that requires boarding a plane to get there. I do the old fashioned thing of leaving a list of important numbers for the friends who take care of our house while gone. I e-mail them with hotel numbers if we're doing a road trip type thing. Since I'm not home, I can't help you - call a name on the list who can. We're not completely out of touch - just not bending over backwards to stay connected. Besides, all that phone use just aggravates carpal tunnel syndrome and illicits "cauliflower ear". Okay, the cauliflower ear is more likely a result of people whacking one upside the head so they'll shut up and hang up. It could be the start of a new sport - phone wrestling at 30,000 feet.

Does Olaf get to go to Paris too? Does he have his own pink phone? Not having thumbs, it would have to be one of those annoying gems that just hang off one's ear. Great Danes have big ears...

10. Posted by chayisun (Budding Member 163 posts) 8y

Well, Sue not only hides the battery to my cell phone but, after I buy 50 chocolate bars from Costco she hides them, too. Says they aren't good for me. I think the bars are hidden with the battery. However, she is nice enough to allow me one chocolate bar a day....I think she gets up in the middle of the night to put the ONE chocolate bar out for me....I try to stay awake but I think she watches me to be sure I'm asleep so I can't follow her to find the chocolate bars....

Anyway, Olaf spends his days eating, drooling and chasing Petunia. Unfortunately he's been spayed and, when he catches Petunia, he just sighs and falls asleep. He and Sven have a lot in common....Well, Sven doesn't drool....And he doesn't chase Petunia who is a rather large dog of undetermined heritage.

As for the pink phone that Sven has he uses it all the time and, if it's allowed on planes I can just hear his conversations...As will everybody else...

By the way his ring tone is from the 1874 operetta...Die Fledermous....I thought is was about a dead field mouse but, apparently not. This makes Olaf and his phone very popular and is a good conversation item when he visits San Francisco....

By the way, talking about cell phones......

While in the mall one day, I decided to buy Sue her very own cell phone. Couldn't wait to get home.....

"Guess what I have for you?"

"What's that?"

"Your very own CELL phone."

"Why in the world would you want to get me a cell phone when I don't like to answer ANY phone?"

"To-day it is very important to have a cell phone. For instance, should we go shopping in the mall and you, as usual, wander off somewhere, I can use MY cell phone to phone YOUR cell phone and I will know where you are."

"Wonderful."

"Not only that...Should you go to the supermarket without me....Not needing me to push the cart around or anything like that....And I remember that there is something important for you to buy, I can call YOUR cell phone and...."

"Pray tell, what would be THAT important for you to do that?"

"Ice cream.....We may be out of ice cream and I would like you to get some....You know...What flavours, and stuff..."

"Oh...This just get's better..."

"You'll really like it when you get to know how to use it......Here's the booklet that comes with it."

"You want me to read this whole thing?...I don't think so......"

"C'mon, Sue....Look at all the features it has...Different ring tones..It's fun!!!"

With that we went through the booklet and set up the ring tone,"Flight of the Bumblebee".......

"OK, Sue, Now that you know some of the features, I'm going to go outside into the yard and I'll call you...."

So I hurry outside to the far end of the yard and dial her new cell phone........

It rings...And rings.....And rings.......And rings......

No answer......

Into the house I go...Can't find Sue.....

"Hey, where are you?"

"In the basement...Doing the laundry..."

Down into the basement I go.....

"Well, ' I ask.." Why didn't you answer your cell phone?"

"You know something?...While we were reading the booklet I noticed that, if you push the key at the bottom, it turns off the phone..."

"You do that and I can't get hold of you..."

"Exactly...."