FCC considering allowing cell phone calls above 10,000 feet

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  1. MSYgirl

    MSYgirl Gold Member

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    Making a cell phone call while aloft could become a reality under a proposal by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

    Cell phone calls, texting and other mobile services would be allowed when the aircraft are flying above 10,000 feet, but not during takeoff and landing, according to an official briefed on the proposal.

    Airlines would have to equip planes with special antennas approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration before passengers could start talking.

    The commission says this proposal aims to give airline passengers the same communication access in the air that they have on trains and buses or in coffee shops.

    “Modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably, and the time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with my colleagues, the FAA and the airline industry on this review of new mobile opportunities for consumers.”

    For years, the FCC has banned talking on mobile phones aboard aircraft in flight due to concerns that high-flying phones could disrupt cellular towers on the ground.

    A proposal to lift the cell phone ban was considered in 2004 but abandoned three years later. At the time, the FCC said that the “technical information provided … was insufficient to determine whether in-flight use of wireless devices on aircraft could cause harmful interference to wireless networks on the ground.”
     
  2. satman40

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    Can you imagine all the cell towers lighting up,

    My Airline lets us use them, we use to use the HT's in the hambone days, and yes I have used HT's on Commercial planes,
     
  3. John Deere

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    This would be awful if it ever happens.... Imagine the person next to you yapping away the whole flight while you try to sleep...
     
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    I'm sure if it ever gets approved, we FFs would band together and find a way to eject the yappy pax from the plane mid-flight.
     
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