Ryanair to allow mobile phone calls on flightsUse on some flights will soon be permitted

24 September 2008

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Ryanair is one of the largest no-frills airlines

Passengers onboard some Ryanair flights will soon be able to use their mobile phones while in the air.

While this may be good news for travellers who feel they have to make important calls that just won’t wait, for other passengers hoping to enjoy a quiet read or a quick nap, the prospect of overhearing other people’s conversations won’t be welcomed.

Lorna Cowan, Editor of Which? Holiday, says ‘Which? recently asked 1000 people what they thought of using mobile phones on flights, and only 30% thought it was a good idea. 

Night ban

'A sizeable 67% said they would find it annoying if fellow passengers used their mobiles, and 79% thought that if it was allowed, it should be banned at night.’

The online poll (which was carried out in June 2008) revealed that the biggest gripe on flights – for 81% of those who responded – was when the passenger behind you kicked your seat. 

A total of 78% cited seat comfort and leg room as being a problem and 74% hated it when the person in front put their seat back.