Interphone – Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of interphone? Learn the meaning of interphone, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of interphone? Keep reading to learn the meaning of interphone, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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This is an Airbus A319 door and jump seat (on the left) and an interphone on the right. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user C. Doyle, originally via Flickr. [CC BY-SA 2.0].

What is an Interphone?

The interphone, also known as the telephone intercom, is a phone located somewhere within an aircraft cabin, allowing the cabin crew to speak to each other in various cabins, as well as to reach the flight deck and pilots when their door is shut.

The interphone, as the name suggests, can also be used as an intercom to give announcements to passengers throughout the cabin.

More on Interphones

As Beth Blair, a former flight attendant, wrote for BBC, “As for the secret chatter the flight attendants have on the intercom with the pilots and each other, that also varies, covering topics like coffee, bathroom breaks, wheelchairs, delays, cabin temperature, weather — sometimes even sports scores that could be shared with Wi-Fi-less passengers.”

Also, an interphone is not to be confused with Airfone, which was an air-ground radiotelephone service which allowed plane passengers to make calls in-flight through a phone often attached to the in-flight entertainment device.

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