Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The inevitable happens: Cell phones allowed in flight

You knew that eventually an airline serving the US would do it, allowing talking on cell phones while in flight.

The inevitable happens: Cell phones allowed in flight

You knew that eventually an airline serving the US would do it, allowing talking on cell phones while in flight.

Virgin Atlantic said yesterday its newest Airbus widebody will be equipped to allow talking while over the ocean, far away from land, and other planes so equipped will follow. This isn't the first airline to allow talking while cruising at 35,000 feet; some Middle East carriers started it a couple of years ago.

As you probably know, federal regulators in this country still restrict phone calls at altitude because of the chance it will interfere with aircraft equipment, and because of great concern that rude phone talking (ever hear of that ???) will result in fistfights or worse in airline cabins. Read here what some travel pros think of the idea, and see the comments to the writer's story from readers at the end.

Do you want to be able to use your cell phones at all times while aboard a plane?
Yes, I have important things to say
 
  5 (12.8%)
Sometimes, in the event of an emergency
 
  4 (10.3%)
No, passengers are too close together
 
  15 (38.5%)
No, I like the break from the constant phone chatter
 
  15 (38.5%)
No opinion
 
  0 (0.0%)
Total votes = 39
About this blog
Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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