Monday, October 11, 2010

Violence in airplanes will increase

I don't usually like to punch people. Its rude and plus it hurts others. Its something I only reserve for those who truly deserve it. Here is a list in order of likely to get punched by me, the last being the most likely:

1) Orphans
2) Depressed orphans
3) Pro-death penalty pro-life people
4) People who talk on cell phones loudly

Imagine now, that the fat, inferior trash sitting next to you starts jabbering loudly on his or her cell phone while you are trying to catch some sleep on a flight from JFK to Vancouver... or something. How irritated would you be? Somewhere between extremely and ultrastremely™.

Well, the ability to talk on the cell phone in a flight already exists, they just don't allow it on most domestic airlines. All the technology that allows for you to connect your laptop to the in flight WiFli, and check your e-mail is the same technology that could allow you to talk on your phone. Some phones let you talk over a WiFi network already, and honestly, I haven't attempted that on an airplane yet. I remember reading about a man who video chatted once with his wife and kids from an airplane only to be stopped by the stewardess... I mean flight attendant, and told that doing so is a security risk. Yes... video chatting is a security risk. God forbid someone actually gets to look in on someone else while they are flying! So dangerous! All that... looking.... and understanding...

Anyway, the scenario I outlined above about that fat people talking on cell phone may be closer to reality than you think.

Forbidding cellphone calls on airplanes might protect sanity more than safety

Early next year, Singapore Airlines will begin to install technology in dozens of planes to let passengers surf the Internet and send e-mail from 35,000 feet in the air, the airline announced last week.

The circuitry that the air carrier will install in at least 40 long-haul jets by 2013 would also allow passengers to make airborne cellphone calls.

But Singapore Airline remains undecided whether to allow cellphone calls.
"As we get closer to the launch date, we will decide whether voice calling in the cabin will be activated," said James Boyd, a spokesman for Singapore Airlines. One consideration, he said, is whether passengers want to make calls in flight.

Singapore Airlines' hesitation is not surprising.

Although a handful of airlines in the Middle East and Europe allow cellphone calls during flights, federal regulators in the U.S. prohibit the practice, saying the calls may interfere with an aircraft's navigation systems.

But the problem may not be the technology. After all, Emirates airline has allowed cellphone calls since 2008. Cathay Pacific announced plans in July to let use their cellphones in the plane by 2012.

A bigger issue may be that passengers and airline crews hate the idea of turning a crowded, airborne cabin into a flying phone booth.


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