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    • Tim says:

      12:20pm | 21/09/12

      Why no?

    • marley says:

      01:31pm | 21/09/12

      I don’t mind the idea of live TV or the internet, but telephone calls? Oh god.  It’s bad enough listening to other peoples conversations in the office, or in the shops, or walking down the street, or on the train - but trapped at 35,000 feet with a bunch of people checking their shopping lists, discussing their latest bad date or the progress of their footy team,  and telling everyone on their contacts list how awesome it all is looking down at the clouds….spare me, please!!!

    • Admiral Ackbar says:

      02:09pm | 21/09/12

      I’m having a stroke just thinking about it. My maintaining the ability to type is nothing short of a miracle.

    • Paul says:

      02:50pm | 21/09/12

      Meh - I don’t have a problem with it.  Given the costs of global roaming the amount of phone calls will be relatively small.  Plus I am sure the airlines will charge a premium.

      In fact as someone who does alot of travelling for work I welcome anything that distracts other passengers from trying to have a conversation with me… If there’s one thing that smartphones do, it’s suck people’s attention away from what is going on around them!

    • Meh says:

      12:21pm | 21/09/12

      One of the best joys of being on the plane is knowing no one can bug you about that report for the next several hours…. and then you can ‘forget’ to turn the phone back on for several more hours. So beautifully isolating.

    • Lorraine says:

      12:22pm | 21/09/12

      Great article, guys!!!

    • TheRealDave says:

      12:24pm | 21/09/12

      I can’t wait to be stuck on a 20 odd hour plane flight next to some gimp raiding in Worldcraft and using voice comms….


      50 DKP MINUS!!!

    • Zeta says:

      01:15pm | 21/09/12


    • Dr Sheldon Cooper says:

      02:50pm | 21/09/12

      Sheldor AFK

    • PW says:

      03:22pm | 21/09/12

      Sheep the wizard! Sheep the wizard!

      Thats what my son used to say when he was on World of Warcrack.

    • Henry says:

      12:25pm | 21/09/12

      Geeze can’t people ‘get away’ from all this for a few hours on a flight. When does the holiday start?

    • L. says:

      01:23pm | 21/09/12

      “Geeze can’t people ‘get away’ from all this for a few hours on a flight. When does the holiday start?”

      it probably starts whem they want it to because you know, it’s their holiday..

      Or do the phone Nazis get to dictate that?

    • warren says:

      01:48pm | 21/09/12


      No, I get to dictate that.  By spilling my drink over you when you use your phone to chitter chatter away, 30 centimeters away from my ears.

      Once courtesy deserves another.

    • L. says:

      02:18pm | 21/09/12

      “By spilling my drink over you when you use your phone to chitter chatter away, 30 centimeters away from my ears…”

      Has this actually happened to you on a plane.. or are you just supposing it will?

      There two are not the same.

      In fact, I would hazzard a guess that up to and including today, FAR more drinks on airracft have been spilt by non-phone users… so we should pretty much just ban drinks, yeah?

    • Mum says:

      04:29pm | 21/09/12

      Alright children. Let’s stop this before the pinching and eye poking starts.

    • Bec says:

      12:28pm | 21/09/12

      Who cares, it’s not like we aren’t already packed into a tiny space with screaming babies and people chewing gum with their mouths open. People talking on the phone really won’t make that much of a difference to the hell that is air travel.

    • Kika says:

      01:45pm | 21/09/12


    • pa_kelvin says:

      12:39pm | 21/09/12

      Pleeeeeaaaase NO PHONES ...Even now just being able to turn phones on taxiing to terminal is bad enough….

    • Bored_on_flights says:

      12:43pm | 21/09/12

      Yes! Just yes. (What is wrong about having internet and TV access on a long-haul flight? Although, until they can prove that the use of mobiles in planes is absolutely safe, then I would maintain the ban. )

    • gobsmack says:

      12:47pm | 21/09/12

      Did Tony Abbott write this?

    • TimB says:

      02:33pm | 21/09/12

      @ Gobsmack (and gary/Badger below), I believe the meeting you’re looking for is being held over at Acotrel’s place.

    • gary says:

      01:01pm | 21/09/12

      At first glance, I thought this was an article about Abbott.

      NO has become synonymous with Abbott.
      I’m surprised he hasn’t trademarked it.

    • libfail says:

      02:30pm | 21/09/12

      Abbott hasnt got a problem with people arriving by plane.  its those by boats he has a problem with.

    • Cameron says:

      01:06pm | 21/09/12

      Yes to internet on long haul flights, but dont they already have phones on planes. The remote on the back of the seat, that has a credit card swipe on the side and cost a billion dollars /per min?? Cant we leave them (i’ve never seen anyone use it). That way its only urgent or priority calls that will be taken.
      I can only image the constant beeps from txt messages and a variety of ringtones going off randomly. Nooooooo!!!

    • Null and Void says:

      03:46pm | 21/09/12

      It can’t be a billion dollars a minute. Otherwise John McLeans wife Bonnie would never have bothered to call him so much in Die Hard II. I mean, she barely even likes the man!

    • The cynic says:

      01:28pm | 21/09/12

      Great,  just imagine the mayhem when an aggrieved passenger fed up with some moron getting up from their seat and biffo starts at 35000ft in the dead of night after putting up with the yapping on the phone taking calls and messages etc.. Air rage is coming to a flight near you. I agree NO NO NO!

    • Elphaba says:

      01:42pm | 21/09/12

      Meh. Noise -cancelling headphones.  Besides, who calls on their phone nowadays?  No one on the trains I catch every morning, that’s for sure.  It’s all about texting…

    • Ohcomeon says:

      02:30pm | 21/09/12

      True, but:

      - Many idiots dont turn off the key noise on their phones, meaning you get to hear endless tones as they pump out sms messages all day.
      - Noise cancelling headphones do nothing for complex, non repeating sounds such as an idiot yammering away next to you.

    • Elphaba says:

      03:08pm | 21/09/12

      @Ohcomeon, I guess I just don’t care.  We live near other people, we put up with their noise.


    • warren says:

      01:47pm | 21/09/12


      Simple as that.

      If you absolutely MUST communicate with people at 40K feet, use email.

      If you cannot understand that people need their own space when confined in a flying coffin, you should be “muffled” with your own inflight pillow. Or given a seat in cargo, with the pets.

      As for the photograph, you gotta love the PR that all the plane manufacturers put out for new model aircraft.  They always talk about the bars, the spa, the casino deck, the 100m swimming pool with inflatable toys.

      And the end result is always 600 people packed, stacked and racked in to the space of 100.

      Anyway.. back to the subject at hand.  NO.

    • Bev says:

      02:08pm | 21/09/12

      And the end result is always 600 people packed, stacked and racked in to the space of 100.

      Spot on!

    • Bomb78 says:

      01:48pm | 21/09/12

      Noise cancelling headphones - the solution to all the annoying noises on planes. Get a pair.

    • Tim the Toolman says:

      01:55pm | 21/09/12

      I’ll take someone talking on their phone over screaming children…at least other peoples conversations are often amusing.  Screaming children are never amusing.

    • Null and Void says:

      03:48pm | 21/09/12

      It is when they’re screaming because they fell off a chair or ran into a glass door.

    • Faceless says:

      01:57pm | 21/09/12

      No, lets go the other route and make it impossible for people to use their mobiles and access any type of social network so we can watch them almost self implode on long haul flights.

      I think Facebook addicts are the funniest, they don’t seem to be able to go more than a minute without checking to see what someone else is doing or let everyone on their list know what they are doing.

      “Hey Peeps, I just spent $10K on a holiday so that i can spend it finding out exactly what everyone back home is doing”.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      04:37pm | 21/09/12

      I’ll second that!

    • OzTrucker says:

      02:00pm | 21/09/12

      Just another example of having to indulge and put up with thr BS of others and having to suffer in silence.

      Just like the a$$hole doing 95 in the right lane on the freeway.

      Screaming babies in restaurants.

      Labour voters .

      Whoever voted for those independent clowns.

      A$$hole next door neighbours with their loud music and yappy dogs.

      Those who can’t park properly

      On parking, car park dents.

      Depressing really. I need a box and a good lie down.

    • OzTrucker says:

      02:22pm | 21/09/12

      Bloody auto correct!!! Bex ok!  It’s a good job I drive better than I spell check.

      I need a Bex and a good lie down. 

      That’s better.

    • HappyG says:

      02:22pm | 21/09/12

      Um shouldn’t that be Bex….........although your option is appealing.

    • Sam says:

      04:39pm | 21/09/12

      You forgot the Labor party doesn’t have a u in its name.

    • dava says:

      02:36pm | 21/09/12


    • Al says:

      02:39pm | 21/09/12

      Oh well, my music player/laptop/handheld gaming system has headphones (to drown out everyone else) and my mobile has an off button.
      Whats the issue?

    • Swamp Thing says:

      03:13pm | 21/09/12

      Any useless, obnoxious, entitled bastards born after about ‘91 are going to love this. The poor fools don’t know any better.  What a hole this country has turned into.

    • Dan says:

      04:33pm | 21/09/12

      This country’s stuffed! The country is stuffed!

      Best bloody country in the world though, wouldn’t want to live anywhere else….

      Bloody kids these days, when I was a young tacker I had to walk 40 miles (we didn’t have any of these fancy kilometres then) barefoot (only the rich had shoes) on broken glass (we couldn’t afford bitumen). Didn’t do me any harm.

    • Arnold Layne says:

      03:18pm | 21/09/12

      There are already enough wankers who refuse to turn their phones off when the flight attendants ask them.  They just turn the screen blank and put them in their pockets or put them on silent like they’re a 5 year old sneaking a cookie while Mum’s not looking.  What’s the big deal?  Just turn them off!!  It doesn’t matter whether or not you think that your phone is unlikely to interfere with aircraft navigation.  Just do it!

    • ronny jonny says:

      04:15pm | 21/09/12

      Why don’t they try offer something really revolutionary? MORE LEG ROOM!
      That’s for you Qantas!
      Remember the hype about the A380? More room, walk up bars, space to move around, bullshit, they just put more seats in. A380 economy seats are shocking. I still prefer the old 747 seats but now they are putting these torture devices into the 747s as well and selling it as an improvement! I bet it means they can squeeze an extra row into the plane.

    • Alfie says:

      05:03pm | 21/09/12

      Yes please yes. As a busienss owner phone access would be very handy on flights. That goes for my staff too - while I am paying them, might as well be productive.


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