I blame the airline if their manual really says no two-way communication with the ground and yet they allow wifi. How uninformed can you be?
On the other hand, I consider it to be the flight attendant's job to follow the rules they are given. I'd actually say props to her for knowing her stuff to such detail...despite the obvious contradictions in the policy.
Paranoia at it's best!
Why allow ANY communication (including Wi-Fi) for that matter? Take it all back and if passengers don't sit quietly on their hands throw them out of the plane!
I'm pretty sure that if the passenger was to use the chat (typing) feature instead of the audio chat, the attendant would not have been the wiser.
Also, see what happens if you try to use a GPS device on a plane; even if it's only a receiver of satellite signals and not a transmitter, they will still treat you like you have just activated a tracking device.
And, as usual,, the most ignorant people (even flight attendants) are the most vocal in supporting stupid statements.
Yea, this is pretty silly. Allowing Wi-Fi on a plane is just asking for trouble. Especially if they are concerned with National Security. For that matter you could easily get a VoiP wifi enabled phone and do your dirty work.
Stupid or not, at the end of the day it is the airline's policy. It is their planes and they decide who does what. If you do not like it go with another airline. Same thing they have done with the body scanners. If you want to fly you have to go through one, if you refuse you can take the bus...
Freedom seems to become a thing of the past. All those hours spent on Half Life and Left 4 Dead will apparently pay off in the near future!
i don't see what the big deal is here. its the airlines offering the wifi service, so they can make up whatever rules they want. if you don't like their rules, then don't use the service they provide you. people will complain about anything these days.
"two way devices" prohibited from contacting the ground - yeah right, except for the airlines designated credit card phone, which charges you a ridiculous fee per minute, and likely goes to line the airlines own pockets!