Airlines are facing a backlash from consumers in Australia over plans to introduce mobile phone connections on planes.
A number of airlines are in the process of adding in-flight connectivity to allow some mobile phone services in the cabins.
However, people are concerned that the one mode of transport without the noise pollution of people talking on their handsets could be lost.
Director of program management for Australia and New Zealand at Carlson Wagonlit Travel Val Feuell told The Australian that travellers don't want to be connected on the plane.
Qantas trialled mobile phone services in 2007 but found its passengers were against voice calls.
The company has since stated it is in its second phase of its trial and is currently testing “price points”.
“If you had to take an urgent email and got cut off as the door was closing, then maybe. But I think for most travellers it's the last bastion of where you cannot be contacted,” Ms Feuell added.
Posted by Peter Robinson