Singapore Airlines to Allow Cell Phones, Texting In-Flight

Posted Oct 6th 2010 12:53 PMUpdated Oct 6th 2010 01:11 PM


Singapore Airlines says it will soon offer passengers the option of staying connected at 35,000 feet, including via cell phone.

Passengers will be able to make and receive voice calls, send text messages with GSM-compatible phones and send and receive messages on Smartphone and Blackberry devices, the airline says.

The carrier has signed a multi-million deal with in-flight connectivity provider OnAir, and plans to debut onboard communication options which also include access to Wi-Fi, as early as the first half of next year.

The program will be introduced on the carrier's A380, A340-500 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Singapore Airlines was the first to launch Internet in-flight in 2005, officials say. The move now is to keep customers further connected.

"The environment that our customers have gotten used to on the ground can soon be replicated in the air, when they fly with Singapore Airlines on aircraft fitted with this new connectivity platform," says Senior Vice President Product & Services, Mr. Yap Kim Wah.

There was no word on how fellow passengers can avoid sitting next to someone yapping on the phone.

Cell phone use is still banned on U.S. flights.

The carrier says passengers using the mobile services will be billed by their telecommunications provider at international GSM roaming rates. Internet access will be available for a yet-to-be-determined fee.

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I will be sure not to buy a ticket on this airlines; on the plane is one of the few places to escape loud mouth cell phone users. It is bad enough listening to it just before take-off and immediately after landing.

October 07 2010 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

horrible idea on so many levels, not enough space to list, but besides agreeing 100% with comments above, all the safety precautions that were valid in the past regarding use of cell phones during the flight went out the window due to ..........?????????

October 07 2010 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ON NO! It is bad enough to be squeezed into the "ever shrinking seats" now one more way to be anoyned! I can see confrontations coming between passengers as some people are just plain (insert word0 when they use their cell phone or text. You don't have to be in that close of communication!

October 07 2010 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope that never catches on in the U.S.I have had enough of rude ignorant cell phoners in my life I don't need someone sitting next to me on a plane talking about NOTHING.What you doin ? nothin ,what you doin? nothin.What you going to do ? nothin.What you going to do ? nothin AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !

October 07 2010 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Boy, I can hardly wait for the news of the first fist fight on a flight because the passenger wanting to sleep had to listen to the incessent, moronic tapping of the texter in the next seat. Hope someone kills a texter. What a stupid airline. Hope they go broke.

October 07 2010 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply