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How Do You Feel About In-Flight Cell Phone Usage?

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Peter Russell

Virgin Atlantic announced last week that it will join a few other pioneers (Air France, for one) in becoming one of the first airlines to allow cell-phone usage in flight. Travel Web site Skyscanner reported the results of a survey yesterday in which Britons opposed this development to the tune of nine out of ten, or 86 per cent.

Only 6 per cent of respondents said they’d actually make in-flight calls, preferring to text (48 per cent) instead, and only 1 per cent said they’d pay more to fly with an airline in order to be able to use their mobile phone.

Personally, we think it’s only a matter of time before all flights offer this “perk,” especially if they see Virgin Atlantic pulling in profits from it’s roughly $1.60/minute fees.

What do you think? Is this a worthwhile convenience or a slippery slope to destroying one of our last havens for a techno-free zone?

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