Sat, Jun 28, 2003
AAL Let's Passengers Use Cell Phone During Taxi
"Ladies and gentlemen, at this time we ask
that you discontinue using all portable electronic devices and make
sure that they are properly stowed."
That's the announcement you hear before an airliner pulls away
from the gate. What it means is, turn off tune out and button
Even if you're a very in-touch kind of person, that's usually
okay... until the captain clicks on the intercom and informs you,
"Folks, we're number 38 in line for take-off. Looks like we'll be
leaving about an hour late...."
Forget that important phone call
you were going to make once airborne. The flight phone won't work
until you take off. It could mean a missed business deal. It could
mean no happy-time with your spouse once you finally do arrive.
Now, USA Today reports, American Airlines has decided
to let you use that cell phone until you're number one for the
runway. Starting July 8th (pending FAA approval), AAL will allow
passengers to talk up until take-off time, and as soon as the
aircraft has cleared the active runway.
On an average flight, that could mean an extra ten minutes
passengers can yak away. Well, at least they're not driving...
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