Its the end of the world as we know it!!
OK, not quite.
But flying will become even less pleasant soon---and how is that even possible?--thanks to Virgin Atlantic's decision to allow cellphone calls on flights.
In late 2012, Virgin will partner with AeroMobile to offer cellphone service on Airbus A330 flights between New York City and London. Because of US regulations restricting cellphone use on planes, passengers will have peace while the plane is in American airspace. Once the plane's 250 miles away, however, the nattering will begin. (My guess for most common opening line of conversation. "Hi Mom! Can you believe it!?! I'm calling you from an airplane!").
The airline has announced it will add 10 additional routes by the end of the year. Cellphone use during take off and landing will still be prohibited.
Virgin joins Qantas, Emirates and Lufthansa in offering this service.