In-Flight VoIP

With American Airlines having started offering Aircell's in-flight internet access, and several other airlines due to introducing soon, articles on using VoIP in flight now abound. Practically every one reads like this: "Making a VoIP call in flight is a BAD, BAD thing, and here's how to do it....

With American Airlines having started offering Aircell's in-flight internet access, and several other airlines due to introducing soon, articles on using VoIP in flight now abound. Practically every one reads like this: "Making a VoIP call in flight is a BAD, BAD thing, and here's how to do it....", or "I hate it when the person in the seat next to me is yapping on the phone, and here is what I did to get around Aircell's VoIP block, even though I was getting dirty looks from the person next to me the whole time...".

What's going on here? Do we all have to prove how socially aware we are, by saying we are against in-flight phone calls, AND how technically savvy we are by saying that WE know how to get around the rules? Can we not just say that making a phone call when you are packed into an airplane like sardines is rude, inconsiderate, and most importantly AGAINST THE TERMS OF SERVICE that you agreed to when you started using the in-flight internet connection?

jw 27/8/2008

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