Read a post on the Airline Business blog about how Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary is doing his bit to help out passengers stranded during the recent BA strikes by operating BA flights on his Ryanair 737s.
Mary Kirby has a rant in a post on Runway Girl. She says: "I think in-flight mobile connectivity rocks. I want to be able to call my daughter when I'm on the road - and in the air! I want to be able to interview you in-flight. I'm not scared of the future. Are you?"
See the comments, one of which highlights the irritation felt by some passengers. One user said that the new generation of aircraft are very quiet and someone talking at length on a cell phone will annoy all passengers.
"With inflight net access people can IM. You can communicate with whoever you want and you won't annoy anyone around you."
David Learmount thinks remote piloting of airliners is not a far-fetched notion for the future. In a blog post he says: "The mental picture of pilots controlling drones in a hostile Afghan military environment, or operating tiny remotely controlled "model aeroplanes" carrying out video surveillance on a gas pipeline, no longer challenges the modern imagination."
And technology in 20 or 30 years time may well enable one pilot on the ground to operate the aircraft remotely. "Why do I say this now?", he asks. "Because a lot of people who know what they are talking about are talking about this", he says.