Do you think airline passengers should be able to talk on cell phones during flights?
Some folks are just flat out rude and have no idea others around them probably have no interest in their conversation let alone being part of it.
I agree totally.
Right-on. Even if you restricted the calls to "emergencies" only it would be abused!
This maybe goes against the intent of allowing cell phones at all, but what if we could use them for emails, texting, etc instead of full conversations?
I've heard more than my share of phone conversations during bus rides to and from New York and I can't imagine the equally cramped quarters on a plane would be any better. Just my opinion.
community manager, I think your idea of using them for email, texting, etc. rather than full conversations is brilliant!
Not a bad idea.
These are my opinions:
The rules for using cell phones and other noise related devices on commercial aircraft should consider the impact to affected passengers. Clearly there is an impact and airlines have a responsibility to mitigate this by policy. The problem is that the burden falls on employees or the impacted to do the mitigation. I propose a FAA rule change from safety concerns to preventing public nuisance actions. The rule should allow citations to be issued for witnessed violations. If a person has a privacy face mask for speaking during their cell conversation their noise would not be heard by anyone around them. An entrepreneur selling these masks with an earphone cord to plug into a cel phone could market to those wanting to talk while flying.
The fine for violators could match the cost of such a mask and if purchased with documented use, the fine waved.
Conversations on cell phones annoy nearby people because they are frustrated by not being able to hear the other side of the conversation. Rude loud speaking is another issue that is caused by people who speak with their hands and not being able to do so automatically causes the speaker to raise their voice or the person is partially deaf and when on a cell phone can't hear and automatically raises their voice or the person on the other end can't hear and the caller again raises their voice.
Have you ever attempted a rule change in the FAA? Good luck! Safety is the number one reason rules are changed in the FAA and you seem to want change from that to a public nuisance, hope you can get your local Congressmen/women to support your proposed change.
The FAA primarily represents and responds to Commercial Aviation, as such Airlines for examples Delta or others reluctant to allow cell phone calls in flight will be doing the request with the FAA and rule makings don't need congressional involvement. I was suggesting a path but the Airlines are as usual, are in command. The passengers will just be along for the ride and make comments, perhaps your congress person will get involved then, they are frequent flyers too.
Anyway, have a safe flight.
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