Ryanair wants them on. The majority of Monarch’s customers want them off. Question is, come next year when new flights take off, should there be BlackBerrys living it up in first class with ample leg room and complimentary hot towel?
According to Monarch’s stats, 67% of their customer’s aren’t looking forward to annoying ringtones, annoying conversations, or the annoying people that brought them onto the flight. Could it be, perhaps, that there may be a slight case of BlackBerry envy? Every little peanut that is munched on during their neighbour’s important business call is a tiny ounce of spite going down, maybe?
There are obvious pro’s and con’s to both options, with each relative to different target audiences. Enterprise users are looking forward to having mobile devices on board so their businesses can continue to run miles beneath them, but aren’t looking forward to the cutesy 80’s theme song ringtones going off with updates on high school gossip.
Flip the coin. The personal mobile users are looking to keep in contact with friends, letting them know arrival times and checking in on babysitters and such. Do they really want to hear about ongoing RFPs, ASAPs, and RSVPs that their business-savvy seat mate is blabbering on (and on) about? That’s where the uninformed need to be, well, informed that the majority of BlackBerry users have their devices for the use of SMS and checking email. Unless you’re receiving unpleasant news in your inbox, these features make little to no noise at all.
All it really comes down to is respect. Use your devices, but use them sparingly. Using a BlackBerry or cellular phone on a plane should hold the same rules as it does during driving, business meeting, or intimate moments with your loved one(s) – emergency contact only.
Think way back to when cell phone’s were first being adopted into the general public. The early adopters showed off their mammoth devices with pride and there was, and still is, slight rumblings about where and when cell phones and other devices can be used in the public domain. We’re having enough trouble taking care of where on land we can take our BlackBerry’s, but now we’ve got to think about the air up there.