By now, you’ve all probably heard that Virgin Atlantic is allowing limited cell phone use on their planes. Only six passengers can use the service at a time, and it’s pretty price—over $1.50 per minute and $.20 per text. And the FAA still won’t allow cell phone usage on planes in the US, so the service won’t be available within 250 miles of the US. Many other airlines around the world already offer this service. (Which begs the question—why does the FAA think cell phones are so dangerous?? But that’s a topic for another day….)
I’ll be honest—I dread this becoming widespread. I read somewhere (forgot where-sorry!) that in a survey, half of the respondents would use a cell phone on a plane. While I would hope that’s not true, unfortunately it sounds about right. Obviously emergencies are one thing, and a quick call isn’t a big deal. But what concerns me most is the idea of inconsiderate people right next to me gossiping for an hour about what their cousin’s best friend’s boyfriend did over the weekend…. This happens already everywhere from stores to restaurants to restrooms (awkward!). It just seems sad that one of the few places where cell phone conversations are forbidden is about to go away…. Guess I’ll have to remember my noise-canceling headphones every flight!
Readers, tell me—how do you feel about cell phones on planes?