Virgin Atlantic Will Allow Cell Phone Calls During Flights. I Hope They Allow Beating People Up, Too.
In a move that seems inevitable, but is still a little disappointing nonetheless, Virgin Atlantic (not Virgin America) has announced that it will allow passengers to make and recieve cell phone calls while flying through the air. The service will be first run only on flights from New York to London, but with the amenities creep that affects air travel and lodging, expect to see it take over other flights as well as other airlines.
However, there's a law on the books that says that cell phone use isn't allowed within 250 miles of US airspace. How the US can make laws that affect flights outside of the US is beyond me, but whatever.
Ok. That's the nitty-gritty. What does this mean? Well, it means that people will probably be talking on their phones during flights. A lot. People tend to use their phones more when they're bored, and there's nothing more boring than an airline flight. I guess with the iPod era upon us, we'll be able to pop in our headphones and zone out, so the ambient noise shouldn't be too bad, but it's still a little unnerving to think of a whole plane of people talking away on their phones.
I could rally against this talking about the sanctity of personal space, and people's overreliance on cell phones, but what's the point? It's going to happen.