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clickhappy
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Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:13 am

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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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:27 am

Lame indeed -- I just hope the BAA allows paperback books or magazines in the "clear plastic bag" ASAP
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:32 am

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
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:37 am

In-flight boredom? Isn't that what PTV's are for?
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:39 am

Where do babies come from?
The Best Care in the Air, 1984-2009
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:48 am

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 
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:49 am

Oh, just think of the fun you could have. Good idea, but one that's probably going to be abused!!  Big grin
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:50 am

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

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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:50 am

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.
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:34 am

you aren't allowed to bring books or magazines onboard now in Europe?
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 5:44 am

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]
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 5:47 am

You can buy your own books and magazines from airside shops can't you? You just can't take them through the security checkpoint.
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 5:50 am

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

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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 7:53 am

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.
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:01 am

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
Where does the time go???
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 12:05 pm

Great idea! I just hope they're broadminded. But then being Virgin, I wouldn't expect anything else.
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 12:09 pm

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

The Mile High Club.
Our eyes are open, our eyes are open--wide, wide, wide...
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:11 pm

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

hahahaha! this is pretty lame...whats next?
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:01 pm

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

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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:07 pm

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



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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 5:39 pm

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..........
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:50 pm

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.
 
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:00 pm

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
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RE: Virgin Tries Text Cure For In-flight Boredom

Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:42 am

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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