OMG! EU to Allow Mobile Phones on Planes! U R Joking!

Posted April 8, 2008 by Carl Unger

Cellphoneweb_3 All afternoon here at BookingBuddy HQ, we've been discussing the implications of the European Union's decision to allow mobile phones on planes.  If I could sum up our conclusions in a few words, I'd go with "horrible, abrasive, and entirely unwanted noise." 

Granted, it's up to each airline to determine whether or not it will provide cell phone service to its passengers, and Lufthansa should be commended for refusing to allow onboard phone use. But the EU's decision is a landmark move that could seriously degrade the flying experience for everyone.  I understand some customers will benefit from cell phone access in the air, but it doesn't seem worth the grating one-way chatter the rest of us will have to endure.  Hopefully most people will text or email.  Sigh.

Anyway, it's probably a good idea to put a positive spin on the news. No one likes a Debbie Downer, right?  So I've come up with a list of five items that would have been worse for the EU to approve.  Next time the passenger seated next to you spends the entire flight yapping on his or her mobile, be thankful the person doesn't have one of the following:

…Wait for it…

…Wait for it…

Okay, truth is, I couldn't think of anything.  I tried, I promise, but nothing short of the obvious (guns, tigers, etc.) came to mind.  A cell phone is the worst non-lethal instrument a person could be allowed to employ on an airplane, and now the EU has given airlines the OK to allow these monstrosities aboard.  If you can think of something worse, please let me know.

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Reader Comments

I'm still miffed I can't keep my carry on item on my shoulder.

Posted on April 08, 2008 at 04:43 PM by Chris

If the carry-on item the first commenter wants to put on his shoulder is a boombox then that could be the answer you were seeking.

Posted on April 09, 2008 at 09:05 AM by luluus

a crying baby. or bratty child. or a child of any kind. that would be much worse.

Posted on April 11, 2008 at 06:11 PM by Erika

Every where the cell phone is allowed in public it is a
nusiance if the person is ablaber mouth who doesn't shut up. It is bad enough we are squeezed into the seats and now we ahve tolisten to someone who thinks they will die if the don;t talk no stop all the way to their destination. Listen to train riders who have to put up with cll phones. In cnfined spaces(thats any place one can't get away from the blabbermouth)should not be allowed.If something is that important the airline can get the message through.

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 07:35 PM by Bernie

I agree about the crying/bratty child being just as bad. I'd much rather have someone talking on a cellphone than have a child kicking me (which has, by the way, happened). That being said, cell phones are indeed annoying, and my biggest fear is that people with fear of flying will end up chatting for the duration of the whole flight in order to calm their nerves... PS I really disagree about the important message being relayed by the flight crew if you don't have a cell phone...

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 11:43 AM by Sev

I thought of something worse. How about non-fire retardant underwear?

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 08:31 PM by sharon

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