Poll: Are You In Favor or Against Telephone Calls During Flights?
T he Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection of the Department of Transportation of the United States reportedly approved a recommendation that — if safe and secure — commercial airlines should be able to decide whether passengers can place telephone calls during flights.
A video of the meeting — which occurred in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 and included consumers and representatives of commercial airlines — is available here if you are unable to view it within this article.
At that time, 77 members of the House of Representatives of the United States sent this letter to the heads of Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission which strongly urged for the continuation of the current prohibition of the use of mobile broadband devices in airplanes during flights. “The letter also requested that risks to aviation safety and security arising from the proposed expansion of communications capability be addressed in a collaborative, multi-agency effort”, according to this news release from The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), which is the largest flight attendant union in the world representing nearly 60,000 flight attendants at 19 airline carriers. “The use of wireless communication devices should be subject to a multi-agency review that explores possible adverse effects by a diverse group of experts who are able address risks or even mitigate future threats or vulnerabilities.”
88.97 percent of FlyerTalk members are opposed to the usage of cellular telephones during a flight
11.04 percent of FlyerTalk members are in favor of the usage of cellular telephones during a flight
Yes, I do realize that the numbers add up to 100.01 percent.
Anyway, FlyerTalk members between the ages of 36 and 55 years old were the vocal majority both for and against the usage of cellular telephones during a flight — which leads to the question: could it depend on your age as to whether or not you are in favor of allowing the use of cellular telephones during flights?
Although 79 percent of travelers greater than the age of 30 are opposed to the usage of cellular telephones during a flight, younger airline passengers between the ages of 18 and 30 years old apparently are in favor of mobile telephone calls while in flight by 52 percent, according to this article posted at Yahoo! Finance which referred to a study announced in a press release.
I have said in past articles that I would support the used of “texting” using a mobile telephone or tablet. I might even relent and say that telephone calls can be permitted during a flight for a fee bordering on exorbitant to discourage passengers from engaging in long conversations. However, the last thing that I want during a flight is to hear a one-sided conversation about some business transaction loudly announced by some buffoon who has no respect or consideration for the peace and quiet of his or her fellow passengers — especially if I am attempting to relax after a long day; or if I did not get enough sleep the night before; or if I had experienced some horrific delays.
You may as well seat me next to a crying baby. It can be that irritating.
The volume of a conversation aboard an airplane may not always be due to the arrogance of a person. There can be a significant amount of ambient noise aboard an airplane during a flight — primarily emanating from the engines or propellors — which can cause a person to speak louder than normal. This may especially be true if the person does not hear well…
…and what about during announcements by members of the flight crew aboard an airplane during a flight? Will those passengers in the middle of their calls be forced to place their calls temporarily on hold or hang up?
A possible compromise which I had proposed is to designate a specific area of the aircraft where passengers may use cellular telephones to place calls during a flight — and possibly have the airlines charge an ancillary fee. Those passengers would not be denied the opportunity to place telephone calls; other passengers would not have to deal with any potential etiquette and rudeness issues; and the airline can actually profit in the process.
As 20 months have elapsed since the poll on FlyerTalk was first posted, I have decided to post a new version of the poll below. Please vote in the poll and post your thoughts here in the Comments section below.