Apr 14, 2008

Warning - New In-Flight Hazard!

I can only imagine... being stuck in a center seat between two non-stop cell phone yappers! I hope that the airlines will have the sense to resurrect the old "non-smoking" cabin concept, replacing it of course with the "non-cell-phone" zone! Sheesh.

The European Commission last week unveiled a pan-EU approach to licensing in-flight calls.

The EU is harmonizing the use of mobile communications on aircraft in EU airspace so that an estimated 90 percent of passengers who carry a mobile can make and receive calls, text messages and use email.

The aim is to provide a licensing "one-stop shop" for airlines and avoid a patchwork of approaches emerging as in-flight calls using personal mobile phones start to take off. Passenger phones would be linked to an on-board network that connects to the ground via satellite so that aircraft equipment is not affected. Phones will have to be switched off for take-off and landing, with usage only above 3000 metres. Passengers would be billed in the usual way. The Commission expects the service to be popular as it will be cheaper than the back-of-seat satellite services.

Measures will harmonize and simplify the technical requirements for using mobile phones and the way EU states will grant national licenses to airlines. An aircraft registered in France or Spain would be able to offer mobile communications services to passengers when flying over Germany or Hungary without having to apply for additional national licenses.

(Source: Reuters)

5 comments:

Pyry said...

I see a sunny side to that. It's going to be a satellite based system which means it's likely to cost a million to use.

If it doesn't stop the yappers, at least you can take solace in that your misery is costing them dearly.

Anonymous said...

mmm... I just hope that the reception is good enough that folks won't be shouting into their phones like they do now, especially in noisy environments like aircraft cabins. Maybe I wonder if an ANR headset would help?

janra said...

Anon - ANR headset would make it worse - it cancels out airplane noise so you can hear voices loud and clear.

Unless you meant ANR for the talkers...

Aluwings said...

I suppose that if the cabin is quieter ala Active Noise Reduction like some new jet-liners are incorporating, then at least we won't have to shout to be heard on the phone.

And of course I'm not complaining about the usual, short communication that most people use cell phones for. But haven't we all experienced The Caller somewhere who goes on and on, often discussing embarrassingly personal topics in a loud loud voice, obliterating any other thoughts or conversations in a wide swath around them? Grroan ;-)

Anonymous said...

Anyone who uses a cell phone for more than eight minutes in a confined space should be automatically excluded from traditional protections against assault and murder.

Calls would be short and important if going over the limit meant running the risk of getting beaten to a pulp by fellow passengers....