Do you want the ability to use your phone on a plane? | The Tylt
Do you want the ability to use your phone on a plane?
Forget phone calls, some don't even want in-flight WiFi capabilities. For many, a plane is one of the few places left where you can truly disconnect. Your friends, family and coworkers all understand that you are not reachable in the sky, giving you some much-needed time to marvel at clouds, enjoy your single in-flight beverage, and maybe watch a movie.
When airlines add WiFi to the mix, that facade shatters. Suddenly the expectations on the ground follow you into the sky; once that happens, there will be no escape.
For others, WiFi on planes is an entertaining anomaly. Imagine texting your mom from 30,000 feet above the ground just because you can. Who doesn't want that?
In-flight WiFi is inevitable, and although the service tends to be spotty, in the words of any airline pilot, it's only up from here!
According to CNN's Matt Villano, some international flights already allow for in-flight phone calls, but when it comes to bringing the capability to U.S. domestic flights, flight attendants are in stark opposition. Villano writes:
Pretty much across the board, people who work in airplane cabins say the idea of allowing passengers unfettered in-flight phone use would lead to chaos, conflict and downright craziness in flight. As such, they oppose phone use vociferously.
As Villano puts it, flight attendants already have to reign in passenger disorder during flights. By adding cell phone calls into the mix, noise complaints, inability to listen to safety instructions and more would become the new norm. Villano refers to flight attendant Cassandra Michele Brown, who puts the question in simple terms:
"If you're a passenger on my flight, no matter how good you might be at multitasking, you're not going to be able to follow my step-by-step instructions to evacuate if you're focusing on your phone."
But for business travelers, being able to use their smart phone on a flight would be invaluable. Suddenly conference calls, research and email are just as accessible on the ground, which will make business seamless and efficient. For some, fully-functioning phones on planes seems like an inevitable future.