Following Virgin Atlantic’s launch of in-flight mobile calls, flight-comparison site Skyscanner polled people about mobile use on airplanes.
Only one percent said they would pay more for an airline that offered mobile phone calls, and just six percent said they would actually make or take calls.
About 48 percent said they would text, 35 percent would surf the web and 10 percent would send email using their mobile phones.
Following those numbers, Business Traveler and Business Travel Executive present their Brief Guide to Cell Phone Etiquette in the Air
1. Put your phone on vibrate or silent.
2. Do not make loud, lengthy personal calls (as you shouldn’t in any public area). Flight time is not the right time for a mini-therapy session over a recent breakup or bad day at work.
3. It is also not the time to have an uncomfortably loud fight with a significant other.
4. If and only if a phone call is absolutely necessary (really consider the definition of “necessary”), then please keep it as brief as possible. Before you make a phone call, consider if you can handle the situation via e-mail or text.
5. Most importantly, be respectful of those around you.