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September 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM

As barn door opens on cellphones, how beastly will flying get? (Take our poll)

Cellphone users may soon be able to continue that conversation right on to the plane -- in Europe. (photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Cellphone users may soon be able to continue that conversation right on to the plane — in Europe. (photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Arggh! A wire story Friday reports that Europe will allow cellphone conversations on airplanes.

The Cologne-based European Aviation Safety Agency said that starting immediately, European airlines can, at their own discretion, allow passengers to leave electronics on the entire flight, without the passenger putting them into “airplane mode.”

“We’re basically opening the door where, in theory, you’ll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight … like you would on a train,” spokesman Ilias Maragakis told The Associated Press.

Really? Isn’t there enough hostility in the cattle-car-of-the-air already? Didn’t the recent fracas over reclining seats tell these people anything about the deteriorating mood in Coach Class?

So what happens when the Chatty Cathy in front of you reclines her seat into your lap and commences a loud, 90-minute phone conversation with her mother about her recent bladder surgery? (Whatever happened to people’s filters in public places? Any public-transit rider knows I’m not making this up.)

Riots will ensue. Just wait.

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