They say that they cause too much interference with aircraft electronics and can only pose problems, but it seems like airlines are about to be singing a different tune… like your favourite music ringtone. It seems that come December, your in-flight entertainment will include a mobile phone.
The US federal regulators in DC have made it a-okay to have onboard satellite uplinks on airplanes. This development may sound like a godsend for those of you who hate being out of touch with the world for the few hours they’re on a plane, but for most business travelers – 61% according to a CWT Business Travel Indicator survey – cellular phone usage and flying on an airplane just don’t mix. Europeans are most opposed to the proposition with 70% voting nay to in-flight mobile phone chatting.
So, if you thought catching the red eye from New York to Los Angeles was bad enough, trying to catch a few Zs just got that much harder.