Cmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3 Posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 810 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?
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 793 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!
HA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 662 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 790 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.