GBTA asks for ban on cell phone voice calls during flightsBack to Forum
Anonymous26 Mar 2014
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has asked the Department of Transportation for a ban on voice calls on mobile devices during flights, citing feedback from its membership that “… the use of mobile wireless devices for voice is detrimental to business travelers and should be banned between the time the aircraft door is closed and the aircraft lands.”
GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick said
“In such a confined space, there is no reasonable way to provide quiet areas on aircrafts to reduce the harm of loud cellphone conversations. DOT should not add to business traveler’s misery.”26 Mar 2014
I don’t support this at all. Passengers should be given choices.
What I would support is a separate cabin with upgraded communications, including voice calls, for those that want/need it. Similar to hotels, the cost for this cabin can be incorporated into the facilities used.
Be innovative, our generation invented social media and sophisticated communications, passengers should be given the choice whether they want to use them in flight and charged accordingly.27 Mar 2014
The issue that never seems to go away…
I raised it with Emirates’ VP Corporate Comms last week and heard a slightly different perspective. Emirates has had phones on every seat since 1996 and mobile connectivity is now on 60% of its fleet. He maintains the complaints they’ve had have been minimal.
“Most are the complaints are that it’s not on every plane,” he said.27 Mar 2014
Personally I would prefer not to be stuck within a metre of someone using a phone, however as MTMEEditor says the functionality has existed for some time and to be honest despite travelling extensively on EK I can never remember anyone ever making a call either on their own phone or the airline’s. So it may just be a storm in a teacup.
I agree with Martyn, create a separate cabin for those people who want to chatter away.27 Mar 2014
I recall being at a British Airways shareholder meeting where this subject was raised, and Martin Broughton stated he wasn’t keen on calls in flight, and received a rousing round of applause in support of this position (albeit that was five years ago). I’d never seen such a positive reaction from the audience to any other issue!
I’ts possible the time will come when this is not an issue (possible when we are all wearing integrated bio-embedded phones where the speakers are inside our ears and we can speak at conversational tone and still be understood), but that’s a while away yet.
It’s rather disappointing that views on this subject in the Middle East possible differ from my experience of a consistent and widely held view wherever else in the world I have broached this subject amongst travelling friends and colleagues.
BA has had its 32-seat A318 service from London City Airport to NYC fitted with “no electronic use” signs instead of no smoking signs – I’m surprised more manufacturers haven’t fitted these signs as standard with the seatbelt signs as they will be costly to retro-engineer.27 Mar 2014
Martyn Sinclair, hallo
You say: “Be innovative, our generation invented social media and sophisticated communications.. “.
As a general principle, no generation enjoys the innovations it makes.
I am now enjoying online communication, chat, messaging boards like this one, telephony blended with email.
In my bookcase behind me are all of my files of my email adoption in 1984, my proposal to BT for a Welsh-language interface for a comms server in1990, my email-to-fax usage in 1988, my data base plundering of 1989.
In our society today, a generation is 20 to 25 years. Everything that is truly innovative today was born a generation ago. Only the self-satisfying delude themselves otherwise.
Cheers! (a time-less notion)
Paul27 Mar 2014