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September 30, 2009


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I agree have section in the back but expand it to all uses of WiFi and computers.

I get sick of the crap my kids and I can see on the screen next to us. Or if someone is doing business he gets bent out of shape if you look at it or even in that direction, like I'm a spy or somthing.

By the way calling from a plane has alredy been banned by the FAA and FCC.

Tony Palik

Agree completely with all your points, but given that I see more and more people trying to use their mobiles in flight, despite a widely-held perception that this is dangerous, what hope is there for such courtesy taking hold ?

As an example, on Monday night, I saw a passenger use her BB under a shawl in the row next to me. This was five minutes before landing !


Actually, Andy as bloody annoying as the chatterbox in the row behind you can be, studies have shown that humans are much more bothered by a conversation they can only hear one half of than they are of a two-way conversation.

Of course, sometimes with the chatterbox, their voice is loud and the other person, perhaps trying to not have so long a conversation, is quiet, to the same result.

Phone callers tend to also talk more loudly than they need to. I have proposed for years that phones, since they know quite well the ambient noise level and the abilities of their microphone to pull out your voice, regulate your volume by beeping in your ear when you start talking too loud. Soon you would be trained to talk at the lowest volume the phone can still make out in good fidelity.

Phone booths would be good but no doubt the security people would find some reason to hate them, as they forbid "congregating."


Am I missing something here? We have been able to make in-flight phone calls for what, 15 years? Granted, its been expensive, but I have used AirCall to re-arrange pickups when my flights have been delayed. Sure, more people may use their cell phone / WiFi/SIP systems, but most people don't like having their business conversations literally inches from a total stranger's ear so I don't think this is going to make a huge difference. Texting, Chat, Email, this will EXPLODE as more airlines have WiFi access, but I just dont think long-winded phone calls will become commonplace.

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