Tech Thursday: Virgin Atlantic to Debut In-Flight Cell Phone Use
You know how when you take a bus, and there happens to be that one person who opts to spend the entire ride on their cell phone, and it’s always a really loud conversation, and the whole time you sit there gritting your teeth and trying not to have a meltdown? (Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic.) Well this same pleasure is making its way onto a different kind of bus. An Airbus. Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A330, to be exact.
But before you freak out, you should know: as of now, Virgin says that the calls are meant to be very limited, both in frequency and number of simultaneous calls being made (it’s limited to just six people), so you shouldn’t be faced with having a chatterbox seatmate talking during the entire flight. Not to mention, since you’ll have to use specially designed on-board technology to make calls; because of that, the airline is able to monitor your usage and will charge a hefty $1.60 per minute, while sending a text will cost about $.30 each. So at the end of the day, it’s likely any calls being made will be super speedy, lest your phone bill make that $6 slice of airport pizza look like a bargain.
What do you think about cell phone use on planes? Yay or nay?
I think you can tell where I stand.
Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis