As was previously expected, the FCC has decided not to lift a ban on the use of mobile phones on airplanes. It says there's still insufficient evidence that in-flight use, even with onboard base stations, wouldn't interfere with networks on the ground. But it's also likely the Commission was responding to the overwhelming amount of public comment against lifting the ban. The FAA is still examining the issue of how phones and other electronic devices interfere with planes' navigational and communications equipment, but without FCC approval, those results don't really matter. It's likely that the technical issues can be overcome -- but the fact remains that plenty of people don't want to get stuck in the confines of an economy-class seat next to somebody jabbering away on their phone for hours at a time.
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