For most of us one of the most feared, and there are many right, things that could come to an airline seat is some jerk yelling at 32k into his cell phone. We all know we cannot, even under the PED rules from Delta, use our cell phones in “cell” mode in flight. Delta.com tells us:
“All cellular functions must be turned off using the device’s airplane mode setting after the boarding door has been closed until the aircraft has landed. The use of cellular network services (voice or data) during the flight is not permitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)”
However, as with most things tech, there are almost always ways around stuff. Personally I love to use my Google chat to keep in touch with my Lisa at 32k. G-Chat is quick and it works. But GoGo seems to be working on an app that will connect to the GoGo WiFi and give us much more. We could text and maybe talk on our cell phones!
CNBC has a piece with much more information as I reached out to my GoGo rep a few days ago but have not had an answer back.
(please play the above clip while you read this post 😉 )
As to the texting idea, I like the idea of being able to do this. But having spent most of 100 segments in 1st class this year, I know a bulk of 1st class flyers use GoGo. Can you imagine a plane full of GoGo users getting texts for hours in flight and having to put up with their annoying text alert sounds ? Even worse, the other half will all have the default sound so everyone will be grabbing their phones all flight. “Oh, it was not for me, but why not send a text now that I think about it”? – Grrrr!
I think most frequent and infrequent flyers would be STRONGLY against ever allowing phone calls on planes when flying. I know I am. But you tell me. Do you want an app for that?- René
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