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