Cell phones on airplanes? NOOOOOOOOO!!!

We all occasionally experience some rude person talking on their cell phone oblivious to the world around them.  It’s just like the people who pull next to you at a stop light with their stereos blaring–you are trapped until the light changes.  There is no where to go.

Well, Luthansa Airlines has just announced their intention to not only provide Internet service on their planes but also cell phone service.  I’m all in favor of the former but adamantly against the latter.

Imagine being trapped in a sealed metal tube next to or near some inconsiderate person who decides to chat idly for hours or close sales or what have you.  Imagine you really can’t escape this because, in a post-9/11 world, the airlines don’t want you out of your seat.

I once took a 2-hour train ride to Helsinki, Finland.  In each rail car, there was a “cell phone booth.”  Riders who needed to speak on the phone were expected to go into the booth.  In my mind, that’s a great idea.  If Lufthansa can incorporate such a booth (think “cone of silence”), I have no problem allowing cell phone use on planes.

Until then, my favorite moment of plane travel will remain when every traveler is ordered to turn off their cell phone.

What do you think?

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting



2 Responses to Cell phones on airplanes? NOOOOOOOOO!!!

  1. joe says:

    I don’t agree. People can always talk on a plane (noisily), and planes have been available on a flight for years.


  2. Dave says:

    Joe…I think you wrote your response incorrectly–I think you meant “phones” where you typed “planes.” You must not fly commercial very often. Phones were removed from all commercial aircraft not long after 9/11/2001 as it wasn’t cost effective. I used to fly 120,000 miles a year. A plane can be a refuge for a busy executive, particularly if you ride up front in business or first class. It used to be “no phone and no email.” Now, it looks like Internet will be available on planes and people with the capability will be reachable via email. Some will see this as progress. In our “always connected world,” there are times when it’s nice not to be available. But, I can’t stand in the way of progress. I stand by my position of not wanting phones allowed on planes–unless there is a “phone booth” that callers can enter. Dave Gardner


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