Just Put A Cellular Tower In The Plane
from the yakking-while-flying dept
In something of a followup to a post from a few weeks ago, Guy Kewney is going through every reason given for banning mobile phones on planes and explaining why it doesn’t have to be true. The real issue isn’t one of danger (as has been pointed out many times before), but that each phone would be contacting so many cellular towers on the ground it would cause problems for the carriers. The simple solution (mentioned in that earlier article) is to place a modified mobile cellular tower on the plane that directs all communication down in a more appropriate manner. Having found such a local tower, the phones won’t broadcast out to all the other towers on the ground. Still, some are worried about the danger issue, and Kewney systematically points out why all their arguments don’t make sense. Of course, none of this addresses the annoyance issue – but perhaps we’ll have airlines that advertise “no phoning” planes or zones and we’ll basically be back to where we are now.