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User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 727 times:

I was recently on two american flights
AA 837 LGA-MCO, 757
AA 1438 MCO-LGA MD-80
and i noticed that the airfones didn't work. They had a sticker marked "Decativated Effective March 31, 2002" on them.
Why did they do this? Don't they make money off the phones?
DC-10's Forever


"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 722 times:

The airphones get used so infrequently that many of the major carriers are suspending the service. With the increase of cell phones, most people find them pointless

Jer


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 710 times:

Yes, I've noticed that hardly anyone uses the airfones anymore. They were cool when they first came out (cool concept anyway). But with cell phone plans offering US-wide or sometimes worldwide service at pretty affordable rates I can see the demise of airfones pretty soon. It will be a dying breed in short time.


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineHA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 653 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 707 times:

Lack of use was one reason AA is getting rid of them. Another reason I heard in addition to lack of use was saving weight on the aircraft. Apparently all those phones and related equipment takes up valuable weight which adds to costs for the airline. AA used this same reason in regards to their color scheme.

User currently offlineBWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 700 times:

Southwest is getting rid of the things also.

User currently offlineJsuen From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 696 times:

Those aren't Airfones. Airfone is a brand name of the GTE in-flight telephone system. As far as I know, GTE is not making changes.

Those phones are AT&T Wireless' In-flight phone system. AT&T is pulling out of the business, hence the deactivation of AT&T systems.


User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1968 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 691 times:

GTE Airfone is now Verizon Airfone......


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineMetwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 668 times:

How many people have used their cell phones in flight?

Of course we know we're not to use them!!  Wink/being sarcastic


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