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EU Approves In-Flight Calling

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Apr 7, 2008, 8:06 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Apr 7, 2008, 8:07 AM

The European Union has approved the use of cellular phones to make calls during flight. The EU has been investigating in-flight calls for six months, and this approval means that the first services could launch as early as next month. The EU Telecom Commissioner sternly warned mobile operators to keep pricing reasonable, and asked that airline operators make sure those with phones do not disturb those without. The EU has also approved a set of rules so that in-flight use of mobile phones is safe. Last year, the FAA put the idea of making phone calls from airplanes on indefinite hold in the U.S. Americans who travel overseas to countries that permit in-flight calling should check with their carrier about potential fees.

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Apr 20, 2008, 5:02 PM

Good job

I'm glad to see that the EU has taken this step forward. Hopefully this model will illustrate to the US Democrats that such a concept is usable and a ban on such is only going to be a damper on our already downtrodden economy.
As far as common courtesy is concerned, what is considered as such is different for each and every individual, hence individuality.
A government would be in-line to prohibit an action that could cause harm to another; theft, bodily and mental injuries, etc.
I cannot think a government would be in-line to suggest what activities a person can or cannot do when it has no detrimental effect on another person.
Let me give an example. It irritates me (quite a bit) when someone fails to attempt...

Apr 7, 2008, 9:04 AM

dont do this :(

b/c youwill always have idiots with their loud f'n mouths....i dont care if there are rules...your nto supposed to talk and rant during a movie but people do all the time...so why do it on flights now...damnit
I see people on their phone all the time, I never hear them cause I have my headphones on for the movie.

Would be cool, than I wouln't have to sneak and use my phone
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