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No Cell Phones On Planes, FCC Says

Despite recent talk about the future of cell phones on planes, the FCC has decided to keep a rule in place that requires cell phones to be turned off during airline flights. According to the AP, the reasoning behind the decision was technical.

"These days it's impossible to get on a bus without at least one person hollering into their cellphone, invading the private space of everyone around them," one member of the public wrote in an e-mail to the FCC. "That's bad enough when one can get off in 10 minutes. To have to suffer through HOURS of such torture, with nowhere to go and miserably cramped conditions — someone is going to explode."

Unlike the Federal Aviation Administration, which bans the use of cellphones and other portable electronic devices for fear they will interfere with navigational and communications systems, the FCC's concern is interference with other cellphone signals on the ground.

In January, the New York Times reported that Emirates, the Dubai-based airline, installed satellite-based technology that allows voice calls and text messaging on one of its Boeing 777’s late last year and expects to begin offering the service to passengers on an international route. Emirates said calls will work at altitudes above 9,800 feet to avoid potential interference with land systems. The downside is users will reportedly be billed at $3 to $3.50 a minute for outbound and inbound calls.

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Kelly-O Kelly-O 10 years
Oh thank god! A plane is just too enclosed a space to have to listen to every phone conversation that *must* be had on the flight.
skinny-fat skinny-fat 10 years
thank god indeed. can you imagine being on a long flight with everyone yapping on their damn phones??????????????************************************************ I will be your Dixie Chicken if you'll be my Tennessee Lamb and we can walk together down in Dixie Land...
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
haha me too! i can totally see people making calls to sound oh so important that they MUST call when on the plane. would drive me nuts!
macgirl macgirl 10 years
Second you on that lovekailua! I "need" and love my phone just as much if not more than the next person but I do not want to be trapped in a small place with some jacka$$ loud talker who thinks they and their call are more important than everyone else. Or even better the "can you hear me, can you hear me, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?" I might have maimed someone if forced to suffer through that ;-)
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
thank GOD!!
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