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Friday, April 27, 2007

jetBlue to allow passengers to use in-flight text messaging

JetBlue is taking into consideration the possibility of allowing its passengers to send messages while in flight. Everyone knows that mobile phone communication is currently forbidden in airplanes, as it might interfere with the aviation electronics. The word “might” is essential, as the risk posed by mobile phones to airplane equipment is still uncertain and has not yet been proven by the any Aviation Commission.

JetBlue's decision might be considered as an attempt to get back among the first airline companies in U.S. They need to recover after the credit loss that they suffered in February due to some flight cancellations and delays. As for the pioneering feature of this decision they are thinking on, JetBlue was also the first airline to introduce in-flight live television programing. Now, in-flight text communicating is attractive, although they have rejected the possibility of allowing voice mail or mobile phone calls.

Moreover, European carriers such as Air France-KLM and Ryanair have announced that they are currently working on ways to make mobile phone use possible in airplanes. Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic carrier in US is also thinking on means to improve communication on airplanes through wireless solutions. It seems that, setting aside the ban, mobile communication could turn out as a profitable solution for many airline companies.

Jetblue is an American low-cost airline founded in 2001. Surprisingly, it is one of the few airlines in US that made a profit after the attacks at World Trade Center in New York.


  1. Paul said,

    JetBlue is a great airline.
    I got an apology letter from JetBlue after the fiasco on the runway last winter even though I wasn't a passenger on that plane.

    I flew JetBlue from Boston to Oakland California earlier this month. Great flight again, on time, friendly crew, lots of leg room and free TV in every seat.
    Got to love it!

    In February we flew to New Orleans with SouthWest Airlines, decent flight, free snack wasn't as good as JetBlue's, seat space was cramped by comparison and more importantly in No! free inflight TV.
    Just a movie screen about every 5th or 6th row of seats.

    As you can tell I'm a JetBlue fan, I've been spoiled by there great fares, on time flights and excellent customer service!


    on 4/27/2007 11:07 PM

  2. Jason S said,

    Nice to know that Paul.


    on 4/27/2007 11:17 PM