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Delta CEO: No Voice Calls On Our Planes
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RodneyV408
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RodneyV408,
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12/18/2013 | 12:56:53 PM
Good Call Delta
I HATE all the airlines for gouging all us sheeple, but have to recgonize a good call when there is one.  I don't appreciate sitting next to anybody that can't (won't?) shutup, especially a person rude enough to think their phone call is so important, everybody around them MUST be party to at least one side of the conversation.  That being said, I see nothing wrong with silent communication via text or email and have been missing this on the many flights I make each year as part of my job.

 
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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12/18/2013 | 8:14:07 PM
Re: Good Call Delta
I think that silent methods of communications would be okay; I do not want to be on a flight with someone who is yapping away, however. 

You know that if someone is allowed to, then there will be someone who will do it. Some people are unfortunatley rude like that. It's sad but true. 
anon4366763944
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anon4366763944,
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12/18/2013 | 1:07:36 PM
Disruption to the travel experience
Let me tell you how voice calls will cause "disruption to the travel experience" as Delta's CEO has stated.

I have been flying Delta for over 25 years. In that time, the seats are narrower, leg room has shrunk, astronomical baggage fees imposed, charges for Wi-Fi access, and we are otherwise nickel and dimed to death. Throw in TSA, and the other distractions, I can't see how allowing voice calls inflight will make matters worse.
A Ciizen
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A Ciizen,
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12/18/2013 | 1:21:30 PM
Re: Disruption to the travel experience
I certainly CAN picture it being worse when trapped next to a ratchet jaw on a cell phone.
Tom Mariner
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Tom Mariner,
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12/18/2013 | 1:32:25 PM
liberty
I abhor the idea of sitting two feet from a loud phone call, but worry that the real job of flight crews, the safety of the passengers, will be lost in the draconian enforcement of "company regulations".

If they really cared about passenger feelings or safety, they would instantly stop the insane charging for checked baggage! That forces most to struggle 45 pound "carry on's" over my head, crushing my coat and sweater and threatening me with head injury. UNTIL YOU FIX THAT insanity Delta, stay out of my private business!
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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12/18/2013 | 7:04:14 PM
Re: Disruption to the travel experience
The headline should be, "Delta CEO Agrees To Keep In-Flight Misery At Current Levels."
siredge
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siredge,
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12/18/2013 | 1:13:01 PM
Missed Opportunity with black and white perspective
Like many widely stated policies, this one seems to miss the possibility of a happy medium because it ignores incentives.  I think most travelers would not mind fellow travellers making a quick voice call to let their (likely not tech savvy) ride know where to pick them up, etc.  A simple solution seems to be fairly obvious- allow each traveller 3 (or perhaps 5) min of free voice usage per flight.  Then charge something like the outrageous AirFone rates for additional minutes, so people will only use it if it truly is necessary.  Perhaps even offer a small incentive (punchcard for the premium snacks/drinks on subsequent flights, etc.  Use your imagination) for people that don't use theirs to encourage texting/email/other forms of silent communication.
A Ciizen
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A Ciizen,
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12/18/2013 | 1:19:00 PM
Trapped by gabbers.
Great call Delta. I dont want to sit next to anyone for any lenght of time paying for the seat and be forced to listen to some jabber jaw on a cell phone.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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12/18/2013 | 3:54:31 PM
Good Call-- But What About Other Services?
This is a good call. As someone who stands 6-3 and flies coach about once every six weeks, I already find airplanes to be aggravating. I don't want to hear the person next to me talking on the phone for four hours-- that would probably put me over the edge. That said, I hope airlines let us use smartphones for other services--texts, Internet browsing, email, and so on. I don't see a reason to exclude those services-- except to force people to pay for in-flight Wi-Fi instead.


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