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Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom  
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9601 posts, RR: 69
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8111 times:
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WTF is this? Lame.

The London-based airline said on Tuesday it planned to introduce the world's first in-flight texting service, which will allow passengers to have questions answered on any topic at 35,000 feet.

http://today.reuters.com/news/articl...0852_ARTICLE_PROMO_also_on_reuters

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User currently offlineSABE From Argentina, joined Jun 2005, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8055 times:

Lame indeed -- I just hope the BAA allows paperback books or magazines in the "clear plastic bag" ASAP


TUS-DFW-EZE... can't wait to visit home again!
User currently offlineThomsonfly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 229 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7929 times:

Hi
I was going to say you can already text onboard using the v:port system but this addition will be good for finding out quick information....

Mark


User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7913 times:

In-flight boredom? Isn't that what PTV's are for?


The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4355 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7902 times:

Where do babies come from?


The Best Care in the Air, 1984-2009
User currently offlineJonno From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7866 times:

What ever did passengers do fifty years ago when TWA flew the Connie SFO - LHR nonstop in 24 hours? What about reading a book and napping? I don't know. I have AVOD on my flights and CD on demand and I find I just listen to music and read. I've never gotten into in-flight movies. Am I a relic?  old 

User currently offlinePiff From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7866 times:

Oh, just think of the fun you could have. Good idea, but one that's probably going to be abused!!  Big grin

User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2993 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7866 times:

Quoting JpetekYXMD80 (Reply 4):
Where do babies come from?

VA text portal answers:
Well son, I think you are now old enough for us to have a talk about the birds and the bees....  Smile

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineWarreng24 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 705 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7729 times:

Quoting Jonno (Reply 5):
What ever did passengers do fifty years ago when TWA flew the Connie SFO - LHR nonstop in 24 hours?

50 years ago books and magazines were allowed to be brought on board by passengers.

No books or magazines allowed in the clear plastic bags that are now permitted as carry ons.


User currently offlinePropilotJW From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 588 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7638 times:

you aren't allowed to bring books or magazines onboard now in Europe?

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7551 times:

Interesting.

Old news (April), but:

Ryanair is expecting to offer an in-flight mobile phone service from each seat within a year.

A report says that mobiles can't be used in-flight because they might interfere with the aircraft's systems, so Ryanair will be experimenting with technology that connects mobiles with a small on-board transmittor and satellite.

Experts say that the overall market for this kind of service could generate $2bn per year by 2009.

Here's a few relatively up-to-date articles about it:

http://wifinetnews.com/archives/006804.html

http://www.textually.org/textually/archives/2006/08/013098.htm

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/91355/ry...ir-preps-mobile-phone-support.html

Very interesting.

[Edited 2006-08-12 22:57:41]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineDavidT From Switzerland, joined Oct 2005, 477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7549 times:

You can buy your own books and magazines from airside shops can't you? You just can't take them through the security checkpoint.

User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3762 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7539 times:

Quoting Clickhappy (Thread starter):

The London-based airline said on Tuesday it planned to introduce the world's first in-flight texting service, which will allow passengers to have questions answered on any topic at 35,000 feet.

This should be fun Big grin

Quoting Clickhappy (Thread starter):
which will allow passengers to have questions answered on any topic at 35,000 feet.

Hmm, so what If you're travelling at 39,000 feet  Silly

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineBestpilot From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7367 times:

Quoting Jonno (Reply 5):
when TWA flew the Connie SFO - LHR nonstop in 24 hours

TWA never flew the Connie SFO-LHR nonstop. In fact, there were never nonstop West Coast USA-Europe flights made by props.


User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7347 times:

Quoting Jonno (Reply 5):
What ever did passengers do fifty years ago when TWA flew the Connie SFO - LHR nonstop in 24 hours

I did not know the connie could be in flight refueled. No civil aircraft with pax on board can fly non stop for 24 hours, were you joking


User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5575 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6372 times:

Great idea! I just hope they're broadminded. But then being Virgin, I wouldn't expect anything else.

User currently offlineBoomBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6336 times:

Quoting JpetekYXMD80 (Reply 4):
Where do babies come from?

The Mile High Club.


User currently offlineBA286 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6016 times:

Quoting BoomBoom (Reply 16):
The Mile High Club.

hahahaha! this is pretty lame...whats next?



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User currently offlineFlyabunch From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 517 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5535 times:

I cannot believe that the restriction on carry ons will not be relaxed at least a little bit to allow books or magazines. If they don't, I think I will just have to reconsider flying.

Is there a train I can take from the US to Europe?  Yeah sure

Mike


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5504 times:

Quoting Flyabunch (Reply 18):
Is there a train I can take from the US to Europe?

You could sail, on the QM2, or even get a berth on a cargo vessel pretty cheaply Big grin



Lee



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User currently offlineViscount630 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5030 times:
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Quoting Jonno (Reply 5):
I've never gotten into in-flight movies. Am I a relic?

You're not alone..... I can't get into a movie on an aircraft either. If there's PTVs, I tend to watch the shorter offerings such as sitcoms, documentaries etc. I can also switch back to the moving map in between, which can keep me interested for ages, especially if I can see out the window too, to compare the map to what's below. Even if there's cloud-cover, you can't beat a few hours of Cloud watching and letting your imagination run riot with day dreams. It's one of the best "Chill-out" sessions you can treat yourself to.

Quoting Bestpilot (Reply 13):
TWA never flew the Connie SFO-LHR nonstop. In fact, there were never nonstop West Coast USA-Europe flights made by props

What about the US West Coast-Europe TWA L1649A (and PA's DC-7C) services?? I know they often had to make a refueling stop either in Canada or Greenland, (there was warning note to that effect in the timetable) but when the winds etc were right, they often did do the "hop" non-stop..........



RIP Dan-Air. Where the Secret was SERVICE.
User currently offlineMendaero From Australia, joined Jul 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4100 times:

Quoting Trekster (Reply 14):
I did not know the connie could be in flight refueled. No civil aircraft with pax on board can fly non stop for 24 hours, were you joking

Qantas flew Catalina's non stop from Perth to Ceylon duing WW2.
The flying boats, travelling at about 200km/h, would take an average of 28 hours to complete the journey, but up to 32 hours nine minutes when winds were unfavourable.

3 pax and 69kg of mail.


User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3884 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

Quoting Clickhappy (Thread starter):
Is there a train I can take from the US to Europe?

Yes, from Peking if you fly there first.

Peter



The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad (Salvador Dali)
User currently offlineJonno From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3331 times:

This is good news for the proponents of conquering the Bering Strait and putting a bridge across it for rail and vehicle traffic. Imagine a high speed nonstop train from YVR to LHR! Taking a pleasant three days at least!  Silly

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