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May 9, 2005, 10:00 AM   by Eric Lin

A comprehensive look at the issue of mobile phones on airplanes.

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We're inundated with people talking on cell phones everywhere we go, but there are still a few places where talking on them is taboo or even illegal. Airplanes are one of the last cell-phone-free zones. For years, the prohibited use of cell phones and the prohibitive cost of seat-back phones have limited conversations on planes to those of neighbors.

Recent advances in technology have begun to open up the possibility of cellular use on airplanes, but just because it can happen doesn't mean it will happen. There is resistance from regulatory agencies, airline workers, and even passengers - at least when it comes to voice calls. Resistance to using phones with the cellular radio off - a so-called airplane or flight mode for playing games, listening to music, and using phones as a PDA - is declining rapidly. Surveys also show resistance to text messaging isn't nearly as fierce as it is to calling, leaving open the possibility of limited cellular service.

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spartacus51

May 10, 2005, 8:10 PM

things to consider

First of all I dispute even the idea that it would be hazardous to allow mobile phone operation. If this were seriously a threat you'd have seen terrorists lining up at each and every gate with their cell phones. Second if this were possible I must say I am terrified that systems which could not handle interference like that were ever allowed to fly.

Courtesy would have to be the absolute rule of usage. Please limit calls in length, please keep voices low, hold to reasonable public conversation etc. etc. who knows if it would work. seperate cabins seems like a bad idea though too, it would be an uncomfortable place, especially since people would think they could take advantage of it.
spartacus51 said:
First of all I dispute even the idea that it would be hazardous to allow mobile phone operation. If this were seriously a threat you'd have seen terrorists lining up at each and every gate with their cell phones.
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spartacus51 said:
First of all I dispute even the idea that it would be hazardous to allow mobile phone operation. If this were seriously a threat you'd have seen terrorists lining up at each and every gate with their cell phones.
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it's more of a nusence not a safty issue it will just screw up you instruments
tflight

May 24, 2005, 1:30 PM

Pilot's Perspective

I would like to clarify a common misconception that the FAA has a ban on portable electronic devices including cell phones. This is not true. The FCC has said that cell phones are banned in the air, but the FAA doesn't have such a position. Here is a paste of section 91.21 within title 14 of the federal code of regulations (FAA Laws):

Sec. 91.21 - Portable electronic devices.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, no person may operate, nor may any operator or pilot in command of an aircraft allow the operation of, any portable electronic device on any of the following U.S.-registered civil aircraft:

(1) Aircraft operated by a holder of an air carrier operating certificate or an operating ce
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It's only a matter of time before they let cells on planes. The way are technology is going we should have it in about 1-2yrs I am guessing. If there is enough consumer push for it, it should be only a matter of time.
but thats in section 91 that's for general aviation and since i don't have my far/aim book in front of me i cant tell you what it is. But i am a pilot and i have my phone in my pocket and forgot to turn it off. I was flying IFR and my nav instrument...
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HeroPsychoDreamer

May 9, 2005, 1:46 PM

I'd like to use my cell in flight

Not exactly for phone calls, but for playing games, listening to music and so on. My phone has no airplane mode or flight mode, so it would be nice to be able to keep my phone on when in flight to utilize it for things other than phone calls and other data communications.
I can see how this could definately be cool; everytime I've flown it would have been pretty cool to be able to text my grounded friends. But there will always be those 'people' who will find it necessary to scream into their phones, two seat down from...
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It is interesting to me what people think is acceptable in certain situations. I would never bring a baby on an airplane but I don't have one so I can't really judge. Cell phones bring in a new dynamic to a flight the article implies would be unappr...
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mark0000

May 11, 2005, 10:35 AM

Bizarre

Approx Cost of A 737:
30 Million Dollars Custom From Boeing


Cost of a device that can potentially disable it:
Free at your local Radioshack and Walmart

*sigh*
mark0000 said:
Approx Cost of A 737:
30 Million Dollars Custom From Boeing


Cost of a device that can potentially disable it:
Free at your local Radioshack and Walmart

*sigh*
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mistaex

May 11, 2005, 8:37 PM

Can I get one of these for home use?

I would like to re-direct my cellphone over wifi and into an astrix pbx to voip and basically run a cell site in my home. Any ideas? =)
 
 
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