CTIA Wants More Testing of In-Flight Calling
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050527 ... »
the DHS and FBI don't want us to be able to make calls from planes because they're afraid it might help terrorists coordinate an attack or detonate bombs. i admit i initially thought this was absurd, short range radios like wifi, bluetooth or even a simple remote control could also be used by a passenger to detonate a bomb in the cargo hold. then i realized that a cellular triggered bomb could be smuggled aboard a plane, and a terrorist, safely on the ground, could call the bomb and detonate it. of course a cargo hold lined with radio-reflectting material would solve this problem, but might be expensive.
el-al and a few other airlines already have a solution in place. they expose all checked baggage to a series of tests (pressure, radio signals, etc) if any piece of luggage fails a test, it doesn't go onboard without being hand searched. it's not exactly efficient, but it is safe.
http://ce.org/press_Room/press_release_detail.asp?id ... »
the cea continued their fight for mobile data connections aboard aircraft. but continued to skeptical about voice calls.
- holy crap by Natas