EU Authorizes Fist Fights on Planes

OK I may be a bit over the top with this headline but allowing a plane full of passengers the ability to talk on the phone — all in different languages… What is the EU thinking?

According to TMCnet’s Mae Kowalke, we will have the ability to talk in the air very, very soon. Sure, there are challenges like how will you deal with the fact that rows and rows of people will be talking at the same time while you are trying to nap?

The answer is unclear to me but riding on the trains in New York it seems like yelling at the telephone screamer seems to get them to quiet down a bit.

How do you invest to take advantage of such a change in policy. Well it should be obvious that ear plug and noise canceling headphone makers will be doing a brisk business over the next few years.

We can potentially expect planes to have talking and not talking sections soon as well.

Here is an excerpt from Kowalke’s article worth sharing:

Germany’s Lufthansa on Monday said it won’t be offering in-flight phone service, stating that passengers don’t want to be disturbed by listening to all those calls around them, AP reported. The airline is, however, considering a re-launch of its on-board Internet access service (which previously was available from 2004-2006).

So the good (?) news here is even for airlines who won’t participate in the talking part of on-board communications, they do realize that passengers need to be connected wherever they are.

I for one am with all the people who complain that the airplane was the last place where you could actually relax. While part of me understands the need to shut off from time to time, it seems the world is just getting  more connected and we need to deal with it.

Then again, perhaps the ultimate way to relax while on-board a flight and sitting next to that noisy telephone screamer one seat over is to just slug him. That’ll definitely let some aggression out.

The author does not advocate violence of any kind — especially while traveling by air or rail.

  • Torsten Leibbrand
    April 8, 2008 at 4:38 am

    like you mentioned yourself: Lufthansa for example (and some other big German airlines) most propably won’t support mobile telefphones on their planes.
    But on the other hand, they will push forth connection to the internet on a plane.
    So,… where is the difference? The passenger two seats away from you won’t pull out his mobile phone, but his notebook and headset.
    So either way it seems that planes are becoming an even noisier place than they are allready.

  • Rich Tehrani
    April 8, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Boy, you have a great point but I have a soft spot in my heart for VoIP users so please take it easy on anyone using it. 😉

  • Torsten Leibbrand
    April 8, 2008 at 6:34 am

    …. or on a second thought:
    The passenger may also just take his Wifi enabled mobile phone and log in to his SIP account or SIP PBX in his company and just use his phone as he likes.
    Tough flying times coming ahead ….

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