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I travel almost every week and I commend the decision to allow iPad and like devices to be on during take off but deciding not to allow cell phones is an even bigger quality of life in the air. Thank you!!
What's surprising about the fact that most people like having cell phones banned during flights? Good heavens, what an appalling idea; if airlines installed cell phone relay systems so cell phones would work at the speed and altitude of commercial flight, and we all had to listen to it.
Thank goodness! It used to be terrible when you landed and all the cell phones came out to announce their arrival. Then, came texting! How welcoming!Younger travelers wouldn't think about actually talking to someone. They text, and I hope more "older" people would do the same.
The worst part is not the conversations, but the inane conversations. I'd rather have a baby crying next to me than a guy with a Blackberry constantly repeating how brilliant he was on the golf course with a client.
The government gets it right! (for once) Bravo.
Let's hold off the expressions of gratitude until it's clear that the airlines don't come up with a scheme to make money of this so-called "silence".
Actually GoGo in-flight wireless has come up with a scheme to allow cell phone conversations (via a wifi app) while in flight.
I was in a public restroom the other day, with women in the stalls on either side of me yakking away on their cellphone while perched on the toilet. Besides the annoyance of listening to them echo loudly through the restroom, it makes the accidental listener feel uncomfortable and awkward, overhearing private stuff but having no choice. Annoying, but also embarassing--good mannered people don't like to eavesdrop on other people's conversations, and feel bad when they are forced to listen to something that ought to be private. Planes would be the same, only far worse. You can leave a restroom after 3 minutes, but you'd have to be embarassed about listening to other people's angst for 3 hours on an airplane. Kudos to the FAA for making a good decision that will make travel nicer for all of us.
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