In some corners of the internet there’s a debate raging about in-flight communications on commercial flights.
The arguments for and against are fairly compelling. We live in a globally connected world where transcontinental communications technology is inter-twined with our everyday lives, so why shouldn’t we stay connected at 35,000 ft?
There is a difference between how we choose to connect, and that difference is between voice and data. After all, the thought of sitting next to a teen twittering away for nine-and-a-half-hours on a London to Beijing flight is infinitely more attractive than the thought of sitting next to somebody wittering on about little Tommy’s toilet trouble.
There are, of course, no such issues on a private jet, where voice and data connections are becoming increasingly standard.
Here, there is another debate, although it’s far from raging. In fact, it’s more of a conversation.
We’re told that by flying private we can have an office in the sky, with all modern forms of communications right at our fingers tips.
This is great. We’re all busy these days, so staying connected while on the move can be really useful. But on shorter flights, some people say that it’s unnecessary.
Charter brokers say the complete opposite, and believe that it’s an absolute necessity. That’s understandable though, as they want to get the most sophisticated aircraft that they can for their clients.
But I’m willing to bet that there’s still a large number of people who relish the thought of getting on a plane and being cut off from the outside world for a few hours, whether they are flying commercially, or on a private jet.