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Mobile phone free zone in Qantas business launge

, posted: 14-Jul-2008 12:12

So, I'm sitting again here in the Qantas business launge in Auckland airport, and discover to my surprise that they now have a portion of it labeled as 'Mobile phone free zone'. Well, how about that? A while back I was sitting here, being annoyed by inconsiderate idiots and their mobile phones. And now they have this sign up here? Could the outrage and public backlash generated by my little blog post have prompted this? Let me bask for a moment in the imaginary glow of having made a difference with my blog posting.... Ah! Feels nice...

Ok, now back to reality: Chances are that simply over time enough travellers complained about this obnoxious habit of people barking into their phone like they are the only ones in the room.

Truth be told: The sign is small and is easy to overlook. Promptly, I saw people on their phones anyway. Even I made that mistake: I normally talk quite softly on the phone when I'm in a public place, but I honestly hadn't seen the sign until after I was done with the call.

But it's a good start and I congratulate Qantas for at least making a point about this.

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Comment by David Cole, on 14-Jul-2008 12:42

Cool. I remember being on a TGV train heading to Paris and they had a whole carriage called a "Quiet Zone", no mobile phones, no laptops with sounds. Thought it was a good idea.....by the sounds of things we'll need to do the same in planes soon.


Comment by AJ, on 14-Jul-2008 12:47

Quite a few of the various airline lounges have had mobile free zones for a long time. Most of the QF domestic lounges in Australia have done for years.

Problem is that people don't notice, or don't respect, the sign.

I agree though; people should be a little more considerate with their phone manners.


Comment by nzbnw, on 14-Jul-2008 12:53

When I was flying Air NZ on the 30th of June to Perth, I noticed they too had a mobile free section of the Koru / Business lounge, a good idea in all.

nzbnw


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