At last, the day has come when major airlines acknowledge that smartphones don’t cause radar interference with aircraft navigation or communication. But what does this mean for travelers?
Recently the U.S. House of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill that will allow the Department of Transportation to call the shots on phone calls mid-flight. While the bill may never become a law for many reasons, the fact that government is even considering it has left many travelers questioning whether this is reasonable or not.
When it comes to functionality, productivity and entertainment, a connected device can be your best friend on a long, lonely flight. The availability of Wi-Fi on aircrafts has already increased use of personal electronic devices by passengers, but this usually comes with a price (and a set of headphones).
Looking at the bigger picture, most travelers want the passenger experience to be a quiet, relaxing time away from the busy office or hectic airport. Wouldn’t a noisy aircraft contribute to the many gripes and fights that already exist over proper inflight etiquette?
Using data in the air will also incur high roaming fees. Remember the seatback Airfone on older aircrafts that no one used because they were too expensive? It might turn out to be the same case using your home carrier at 33,000 feet.
At the end of the day, we believe the airline companies should make their own decisions about how to handle inflight connectivity so their passengers have the best experience possible. Perhaps voice will be offered by airlines for only part of the duration of a flight, or a special section will be designated on aircrafts for voice calls.
Our product helps travelers stay connected and productive on international trips via their mobile devices as soon as they land in a country. In fact we created GigSky because technology makes staying connected from almost anywhere that simple and easy. If the airlines’ rules on mobile connectivity change, maybe GigSky will change with them.
We would like to hear your take on the inflight connectivity conundrum. Do you choose to fly one airline over another because one offers Wi-Fi? Would you choose to fly an airline because it allows inflight phone calls?
The GigSky Team