by Carlo Longino

FAA Says Throttle Back On In-Flight Cellular

from the negative-ghost-rider-the-pattern-is-full dept

Despite the mounting public interest in using mobile phones onboard commercial aircraft and the changing attitudes of some countries, the FAA says a US ban will stay in place regardless of the outcome of FCC proceedings on the matter. Even as the noise surrounding the issue increases, the FAA stance is but one obstacle that will have to be overcome before in-flight yakking can begin. The financial constraints that have kept US airlines from installing in-flight broadband haven't changed much, and there's always the specter of further government regulation, and there are still technology questions: Airbus, for one, says its in-air product won't support CDMA phones, which would keep the majority of US customers on its planes quiet.

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  1. identicon
    dorpus, Jul 14th, 2005 @ 6:51pm

    Hire Thugs

    The Asian solution: hire thugs to choke yakkers.

    Employees of a newly opened Starbucks just got the shit beaten out of them by a large group of thugs because they didn't pay up "protection" money.


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  2. identicon
    Ron, Jul 15th, 2005 @ 5:26am

    Re: Hire Thugs

    Dorpus, how does that relate to this story?
    I suspect you are just looking for any platform to speak.

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  3. identicon
    Pete Austin, Jul 15th, 2005 @ 9:09am

    Mobile Phones and Terrorism

    I think one problem with mobile 'phones aboard aircraft is that they can be used to set off bombs. For example the Madrid railway bombs. You wouldn't want any risk that an incoming call could set off a bomb in the hold of an aircraft.

    Meanwhile here's that dopeus link translated by Google. Needless to say it's a completely different story than in dopeus' fantasy world (another reason to ignore them) and I was surprised that Google does such a bad job of producing understandable English. Japanese must be hard!

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  4. identicon
    dorpus, Jul 15th, 2005 @ 10:54am

    Re: Hire Thugs

    What's the matter, aren't you turned on by the idea of green-aproned Starbucks employees flying through the window, gushing Vente-sized rivers of blood?

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

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