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Wow – so Virgin Atlantic has made the decision to allow cell phone use on its planes.

And how did I find out?

From about three nationally known Twitter personalities linking to the story with comments akin to: “Why I will never fly on Atlantic again.”

When I first looked at the story – I drooled over emailing, Facebooking and Tweeting from my phone while scrunched in the middle seat of a plane. Anyone who has been in that middle seat knows a computer is not a great fit (and I don’t have an iPad!).

But then, horror poured over me as I imagined my sister on the phone with a boyfriend for an entire flight – or worse, my mom jibber-jabbing on a three-hour flight.

So – my question to you…

Cell phone use on plane – YAY or NAY?

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio


  1. Kendra Schultz says:

    YAY for a few reasons:
    1. The ability to email, text, etc.
    2. The ability to browse through (waste time on) social media.
    3. If you have your smartphone or iPod, you have music. Meaning the talkers can be tuned out (as usual).

  2. If people would just use the phone to email, text, Facebook, fine. But you know they’re going to carry on conversations. As connected as I am, I like the fact that I can’t be when inflight. I say nay.

  3. Nat Handler says:

    I’m with Abbie on this. Having the opportunity to use the phone to email, text, use social media is great. But there will ALWAYS be someone who abuses the phone to the detriment of the other passengers. The question is, how will the airlines and the surrounding passengers deal with that situation?

  4. Rachel Brockway says:

    In theory I love the idea of this for many reasons stated above (email, internet, etc). But the thought of listening to someone carry on a conversation for an hour (or MORE) is equal to the sound of nails on a chalkboard or worse yet hearing a crying baby on a flight.

  5. Katie says:

    I must agree with Kendra. It has pros and cons. You know there will always be that one person that tries to carry on a conversation and make sure everyone knows their business. I hate those people.

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