Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ryanair Inflight Cell Service

It’s a sign (unfortunately) of the times. European cheapo carrier Ryanair has installed in-flight cell-phone service on 20 of its aircraft. According to the report on Breaking Travel News, only six people will be able to use their mobile phones at one time. Since Ryanair has virtually no service that it doesn’t charge for, maybe all the galleys on the aircraft will be empty, and the cell-phone users can stand next to each other and the flight attendants and bother them instead of other passengers.

Ryanir will become the second airline offering in-flight cell-phone service, following Emirates which began the service last March. Breaking Travel News says that bmi has been testing text messaging, and that British Air will allow text messaging on some flights. According to the article, “Other carriers that have begun testing inflight technology include Air Portugal, Qantas, Air France, Oman Air and Royal Jordanian. Meanwhile Lufthansa has ruled out using the service.”