Opponents Of Cell Phones On Planes Getting Desperate
from the oh-come-on dept
Yesterday, the big news was Ryanair's decision to officially allow mobile phone use in planes, once they've installed equipment on planes, proven it's safe and received regulatory approval (quite a few steps). However, it didn't take long for more scare-factor scenarios to come out, with supposed "experts" warning just how dangerous this would be. Why so dangerous even if it's been shown to be safe? Well, apparently the equipment is only safe over 10,000 feet -- but by simply allowing mobile phone usage at all on planes, the nameless experts claim that it will encourage people to use phones below 10,000 feet. Of course, this is getting silly. For years, airlines have successfully kept people from using "approved electronic devices" below a certain altitude, and there's no reason why mobile phones are any different (whether or not they offer a real threat). Perhaps these so-called experts are really using this excuse as a way of supporting the real reason many people don't want mobile phones used on planes: the annoyance factor.