Posted April 8, 2008 by Carl Unger
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:
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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.