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(New York Daily News)   Delta and JetBlue hang up on in-flight phone calls   (nydailynews.com) divider line 28
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2013-12-22 08:06:14 PM  
Needs hero tag
 
2013-12-22 09:47:58 PM  
will they still have the phones on the back of the chair that cost like $3 a minute?
 
2013-12-22 10:03:38 PM  
Delta has finally made a good decision? WOW!
 
2013-12-23 12:22:36 AM  

NickelP: will they still have the phones on the back of the chair that cost like $3 a minute?


It deters soccer moms and hicks from babbling endlessly then I say raise it to $6/minute.
 
2013-12-23 12:44:39 AM  
Fake outrage over a non issue.  Delta and JetBlue are simply taking the easy way out.  And everyone is eating it up.
 
2013-12-23 01:00:29 AM  
Using your own cell phone, connecting to the cell-tower 6 miles below you at 300 billion miles an hour is so much harder than using the airlines own 'premium services'

/Yo Lady... Your kid smells like shiat. Go and change that bag of crap.
//Oh its your Grandfather? Well change him then.
 
2013-12-23 02:13:14 AM  
So Delta and JetBlue are just publicly declaring that they do not want any business travelers ever again, huh? Good luck with that, guys.
 
2013-12-23 02:15:45 AM  

gingerjet: Fake outrage over a non issue.  Delta and JetBlue are simply taking the easy way out.  And everyone is eating it up.


Probably to avoid fights on airplanes when people are trying to sleep and obnoxious assholes are yakking on their phone.
 
2013-12-23 02:44:06 AM  

steamingpile: gingerjet: Fake outrage over a non issue.  Delta and JetBlue are simply taking the easy way out.  And everyone is eating it up.

Probably to avoid fights on airplanes when people are trying to sleep and obnoxious assholes are yakking on their phone.


Agreed.  Nobody who flies on normal carriers needs to go unreachable by voice for up to 6 hours unless you're doing business all wrong.

Maybe an exception can be added that if you have a call you've got to go to the back of the plane or something, but really I don't care.  Overall I'm very okay with this, and I travel quite a bit for business.
 
2013-12-23 02:46:17 AM  

beefstu01: steamingpile: gingerjet: Fake outrage over a non issue.  Delta and JetBlue are simply taking the easy way out.  And everyone is eating it up.

Probably to avoid fights on airplanes when people are trying to sleep and obnoxious assholes are yakking on their phone.

Agreed.  Nobody who flies on normal carriers needs to go unreachable by voice for up to 6 hours unless you're doing business all wrong.

Maybe an exception can be added that if you have a call you've got to go to the back of the plane or something, but really I don't care.  Overall I'm very okay with this, and I travel quite a bit for business.


The whiskey!  It burns!

I meant to say, if you have to be reachable 24/7 and you're flying normal carriers, you're doing it wrong.

Don't talk on planes, m'kay?  Something like that.
 
2013-12-23 02:56:36 AM  

HotWingAgenda: So Delta and JetBlue are just publicly declaring that they do not want any business travelers ever again, huh? Good luck with that, guys.


Last poll I saw about it showed business travelers were the ones most opposed to voice calls on planes.
 
2013-12-23 03:09:41 AM  

davidphogan: HotWingAgenda: So Delta and JetBlue are just publicly declaring that they do not want any business travelers ever again, huh? Good luck with that, guys.

Last poll I saw about it showed business travelers were the ones most opposed to voice calls on planes.


The travelers themselves would probably like a break from dealing with people; the cell phone took away their normal lives, the flight is the only sanctuary.

/Their bosses, OTOH, would probably love to make their lives miserable from any corner of the planet.
 
2013-12-23 04:14:56 AM  

steamingpile: NickelP: will they still have the phones on the back of the chair that cost like $3 a minute?

It deters soccer moms and hicks from babbling endlessly then I say raise it to $6/minute.


If it ends the conversation about Stan in accounting reporting a %1 increase in the labor costs coming from China, I am all for it.

/Business traveler.
//Fark that shiat. I'm on an over night flight and want to get some sleep because I am expected to start work when I land.
 
2013-12-23 04:44:21 AM  
Jesus, why can't we use our electronic devides and not make phone calls? How about that?
 
2013-12-23 06:10:37 AM  

NickelP: will they still have the phones on the back of the chair that cost like $3 a minute?


I haven't seen them in a long time. Just the screen that lets you pay for "premium" content (Insert $5 a month joke here).


steamingpile:  Probably to avoid fights on airplanes when people are trying to sleep and obnoxious assholes are yakking on their phone.

Many years ago on an overnight flight, the couple seated behind us decided to stay awake ALL night, reading lights on,  READING OUT LOUD TO THEMSELVES. Two different books.  Grrrrr.

lucksi: Jesus, why can't we use our electronic devides devices(FTFY) and not make phone calls? How about that?

Which appears to be what will happen.
 
2013-12-23 07:19:36 AM  
But how else are you going to know you've been fired for making a racist comment during a flight from London to South Africa?
 
2013-12-23 07:35:29 AM  
Those set-back phones were useful the couple of times I used them.

Called person meeting me that my flight was late.

Called a friend in STL as we passed overhead that I flushed twice and if his building got hit with blue ice, it was from me.

Well worth the premium cost.

/Yes, I'm 12.
 
2013-12-23 09:04:02 AM  
I smell a rat. Like maybe what the airlines really don't like is that they won't get enough of a cut of the revenue.

Since when have airlines ever shown the least bit of concern for the wishes of their passengers?


Dear Delta- i really enjoy flying with you, but it would be so much more fun if you made the seats smaller and closer together, and could you please charge for bags so that everyone tries to fill up the overhead bins with luggage that should, by any sane measure, go in the BAGGAGE hold.
Thanks,
mr_a
 
2013-12-23 09:42:23 AM  

Uranus Megahertz: But how else are you going to know you've been fired for making a racist comment during a flight from London to South Africa?


Email?
 
2013-12-23 09:51:40 AM  

HotWingAgenda: So Delta and JetBlue are just publicly declaring that they do not want any business travelers ever again, huh? Good luck with that, guys.


Do you know how I know that you aren't a business traveler?


Any airline that allows in flight calls will stop getting my business. (I fly a lot)
 
2013-12-23 09:52:45 AM  

tenton: davidphogan: HotWingAgenda: So Delta and JetBlue are just publicly declaring that they do not want any business travelers ever again, huh? Good luck with that, guys.

Last poll I saw about it showed business travelers were the ones most opposed to voice calls on planes.

The travelers themselves would probably like a break from dealing with people; the cell phone took away their normal lives, the flight is the only sanctuary.

/Their bosses, OTOH, would probably love to make their lives miserable from any corner of the planet.


Yes. Most other frequent fliers I know don't even like talking to co-workers on the same plane. It's quiet time.
 
2013-12-23 09:55:24 AM  
As a frequent traveler....KUDOS!  Really.  Go, farking GO!!!!  People are rude and obnoxious enough on a plane, which is uncomfortable enough, to allow inconsiderate farwits to be yelling into their phones for the whole flight would ONLY make it worse.
 
2013-12-23 10:02:14 AM  

HotWingAgenda: So Delta and JetBlue are just publicly declaring that they do not want any business travelers ever again, huh? Good luck with that, guys.


There is something to be said for shutting the fark up....particularly on a plane where others next to you (who care nothing about your business) don't need or want to hear you yammer endlessly and unprofessionally loudly about it to a little hand-held box for five farking hours while they're trying to sleep.
 
2013-12-23 10:10:07 AM  

HotWingAgenda: So Delta and JetBlue are just publicly declaring that they do not want any business travelers ever again, huh? Good luck with that, guys.


Because businesses have been struggling to survive all this time without being able to make that phone call.

I bet had they been able to make calls during flights, Blockbuster would still be around.


I have to travel for business myself. I actually *LIKE* being able to go off-the grid sometimes, and its nice to have a built-in excuse of "sorry, i was flying"
 
2013-12-23 11:34:37 AM  
Can't say I'm surprised that airlines would want to do this. Frankly this is a decision that shouldn't be managed on the airlines level anyway. The FAA should have gotten rid of that rule years ago, and the FCC looks like it's about to ditch its policy as well. The FCC has taken a few looks at it over the past decade and I'm surprised it took this long. Emirates Air has allowed phone calls on its plane for almost five years now.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/technology/29phones.html?_r=0
 
2013-12-23 12:29:52 PM  

Bucky Katt: Delta has finally made a good decision? WOW!


Seriously, the last thing I want to hear on a plane is some a-hole yapping on the phone. If some airlines do they will they then implement "quiet car" style sections like trains have?
 
2013-12-23 01:37:27 PM  

HotWingAgenda: So Delta and JetBlue are just publicly declaring that they do not want any business travelers ever again, huh? Good luck with that, guys.


At least they can guarantee the business travelers will still be alive on landing.
 
2013-12-23 05:25:32 PM  

A Cave Geek: As a frequent traveler....KUDOS!  Really.  Go, farking GO!!!!  People are rude and obnoxious enough on a plane, which is uncomfortable enough, to allow inconsiderate farwits to be yelling into their phones for the whole flight would ONLY make it worse.


So much THIS

Now we just need to ban the loud ass blabblers as soon as you land.

HELLO!! HELLO!!! CAN YOU HEAR ME!! I JUST LANDED!  I'LL CALL YOU 10 MORE TIMES UNTIL YOU PICK ME UP.
 
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