The Hang Up Act, a piece of legislation that would permanently ban the use of cell phones on airline flights is on its way
to being passed. This has caused media inquiries into how people really feel about cell phones on flights. While it has generally been reported that more than half of fliers don’t want cell phones allowed on airplanes, a new survey
suggests that this really depends on who exactly is flying on the plane. There appears to be a generation gap regarding this issue with younger fliers (age 18 – 34) significantly more likely to be open to in-flight cell phone use than are their older counterparts.
Much of the concern about in-flight cell phone use comes from fears that people will get into arguments about others being too chatty on the flight. This has led some to suggest that domestic airlines would create “no phone” zones in the planes and charge people more to sit in these areas. However, international testing
of in-flight cell phone use indicates that a certain on-board etiquette
naturally develops when people use cell phones in the air. People speak in low tones and keep their phones on vibrate so they don’t disturb others on the flight.
Of course, it really doesn’t matter too much how fliers feel about the issue. Even if the Hangup Act fails to pass, there is still an FAA rule banning the use of cell phones in the air. However, as Wi-Fi starts to emerge
on airline flights, the debate about whether or not VoIP should be allowed on planes could start to heat up again and will bring about the same arguments
as those generated in the cell phone discussion.