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Yet another reason to shun Ryanair

My least favourite airline (see passim), is intent on making sub-cattle class aviation even more unpleasant - allowing in-flight mobile phone use. Dear god, no. I can just about understand that some business travellers really do need to make phone calls in flight, but the prospect of endless pings from folk sending text messages to and fro and declaring loudly 'I'm on a plane' fills me with absolute dread. Right now one of the few things to be said for the Underground is that mobiles do not work below ground, and I regard planes as also offering a haven of sorts. Just shoot me now (form an orderly queue please).

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Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 4:29 pm

I was just looking at some comparative rates,
Ryan air versus decent airlines like BA.
If you factor in all the hidden charges plus the extra cost of getting from the airport Ryanair typically drops you off at (usually 50 miles away from to the city you thought you were travelling to) they aint so cheap, factor in the chance of being abandoned should they cancel your flight, you would have to be a moron to fly Ryanair.  

Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 6:58 pm

I thought it was dangerous to have your phone on while in flight? Why can't you use them in hospitals? Not sure about dentists, but I always switch off there just in case it affects the drill!!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:48 pm

Peter - all very true. I'm all off half an hour from Gatwick, door to door, so there would have to be an enormous price differential to interest in me in trekking out to Luton or Stansted. Quite apart from the ludicrous luggage allowances with Ryanair and the diabolical way they treat their passengers.

Ellee - I think there's been some sort of change in the systems that now makes it safe to use mobiles in flight, and they will be using a network other than one is contracted too. I suspect that there is a revenue sharing deal going on rather than this being out of concern for the well being of a text obsessives... As to hospitals, I believe there are issues of interference with medical equipment and so on.  

Blogger JosephintheBracknell said... 1:12 am

Ellee, the fear was that mobiles, like any electronic device, could affect the compass on the plane, because all electronic devices genrate a mangnetic field.

I don't like Ryan Air, having flown them just once, but this is one thing they have gotten right. I predict all airlines wil folow suit.

It has been possible to make calls from planes for some time, so long as you used the exsensive on board phone system, rather than your own mobile. I suspect this was one of the main reasons for the prolonged ban on using mobiles inflight. Airlines have probably figured out that take up would be better if people could use their own phones at a more reasonable cost.  

Blogger beethoven writes said... 7:51 am

Glad to see that there are other anti-mobile people out there!

I have flown ryanair once, and it was fine. maybe i was lucky.  

Anonymous Verity said... 1:53 pm

Mobile phones can also be used to detonate bombs, which is yet one more reason to ban them.

I flew Ryanair once. It was OK for a short flight across the Channel. It's like getting on a bus. It's just to get you there.  

Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 3:29 pm

I have used Ryanair and it was cheap and reliable and convenient beingjust down the road from me at Stansted, but it is grubby.

However, it is great to think being in air can be one of the only places free of the constant different ringing tones of mobile phones.  

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