Please no "yapping away" on Skype in the air

Please no "yapping away" on Skype in the air

Summary: The Associated Press takes a look at the prospects for airline passengers to use Skype once in-flight Internet access becomes less of a novelty and more of an expectation.That transition, incidentally, is expected to significantly progress in this next year.

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The Associated Press takes a look at the prospects for airline passengers to use Skype once in-flight Internet access becomes less of a novelty and more of an expectation.

That transition, incidentally, is expected to significantly progress in this next year.

AP reporter Anick Jesdanun notes that while in-flight Internet access solutions provider OnAir sees an upside to facilitating voice service access for its European airline partners,  North American-based airline companies are decidely unenthusiastic about letting Skype-like services on planes.

"With possible exceptions for crew and federal air marshals, flights on AMR Corp.'s American Airlines and Alaska Air Group Inc.'s Alaska Airlines won't have access to Internet-based phone services like eBay Inc.'sSkype

Discount startup Virgin America is also considering a ban," Jesdanun writes.

"An airborne environment is a confined environment," Jesdanun quotes Charles Ogilvie, Virgin's director of in-flight entertainment and partnerships, as saying "You don't want 22B yapping away or playing on a boom box."

Charles, you got it. Quiet at 33,000 feet, please!

Yes, and as to your boom box remark, presumably even if a piece of music bought at a Virgin Megastore is playing on the boom box.

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  • No phones on planes ....

    I'm 100% in favor of on-air internet. I'm also 1,000,000% in favor of airlines blocking access to Skype and any other web based phone systems.

    The last thing I need is to spent an entire flight forced to listen to the private conversations of the idiot sitting near me. I don't need to know about somebody's medical issues, how much they miss nooky, how cute the grandchild when soiling his diper, etc, etc, etc. I don't need to listen to some business azzwipe yelling at his secretary because of some stupid mispelled word, or screaming to customer/vendor. I don't need to know about your sex life (lack of most likely) or orientation. And I definately don't need to listen to your stupid fight with your wife/husband/kid/etc.

    Although I don't have any problem with porn, I don't think that having a sexual frustrated person mentally masturbating while watching porn at 30,000 ft is a good idea either. Specially with childern on the plane.

    Access to the internet should be limited to just viewing web pages and reading email.

    And BTW, I also think that access to religious websites should be banned too. I don't want the religious fanatic being brainwashed while sitting next to me. I hate people who get on a plane and feel that everybody needs to listen to their religious crap (cause by fear of death) ... specially during a little turbulance.
    wackoae
    • LOL I'm with you 100%

      [i]Although I don't have any problem with porn, I don't think that having a sexual frustrated person mentally masturbating while watching porn at 30,000 ft is a good idea either.[/i]

      ROFL!! I love it.

      Other than that little funny that hit me just perfectly...I agree. The last thing you want in a confined space is to hear someone yapping away on their cell phones. I've said for years that they shouldn't make us turn the phones off (because if my cell phone is going to bring down that plane, they need to work on building a new plane...don't risk my life because you trust that everyone will obey the call to turn them off, please...) but it should still be against the rules to talk on one. Text all you want. But please, don't talk on the phone on the plane. A screaming kid is bad enough...

      BTW:

      [i]And BTW, I also think that access to religious websites should be banned too. I don't want the religious fanatic being brainwashed while sitting next to me. I hate people who get on a plane and feel that everybody needs to listen to their religious crap (cause by fear of death) ... specially during a little turbulance.[/i]

      AMEN, BROTHER. (no pun intended. LOL)
      laura.b