Poll: Should Cell Phone Use be Allowed Inflight?

There has been lots of reports and discussion about the possibility of cell phone use being allowed on airlines.

Currently, cell phones must be turned off prior to closing the main cabin door, remain off during flight (unless they hae a dual mode/non-transmit option), and can be turned back on again and used during taxi in.

Proposed technology and rule changes would allow phone calls to be made during flight.  Although it is likely that phones would still need to remain off during take off and landing, the two critical phases of flight, once at cruise altitude — let the chatting begin.

I’ve started a Flyaway Cafe poll today, asking your opinion about the use of cell phones during flight.  It’s in the right side bar, so scroll over and let me know what you think.  And, as always, I hope you’ll leave some additional comments below.

My personal vote:  No!

Disclosure:  I work for an airline.  Although my employer has not announced a decision yet on whether they will allow cell phone use or not, it would be my guess that competition, marketing advantages, and money will likely figure into the decision.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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