Wireless

by Mike Masnick


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airplanes, in-flight voice, mobile phones, voip

Companies:
faa, fcc



FAA Seconds FCC On Grounding In-Flight Mobile Phone Calls

from the but-what-about-voip? dept

Over the weekend, a story out of the UK began to get some buzz, when an American FAA representative supposedly told a British newspaper that the FAA will not approve in-flight mobile phone calls after the agency received a ton of complaints when it publicly began considering the shift in policy. Of course, this is somewhat meaningless, because the FCC had already said no to the change in policy, and both agencies would likely need to agree before any change went into effect. So, for those of you (and we know there are lots of you) who were terrified by the idea that you might get stuck sitting next to someone jabbering away into a mobile phone for a cross-continent flight... rest easy. Well, rest easy until you realize that voice is just a form of data, and it's only a matter of time until internet access in the sky means the person sitting next you will be jabbering away via Skype for a cross-continent flight no matter what gov't agencies have to say about mobile phones in the sky.

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    RandomThoughts, 8 Oct 2007 @ 10:47am

    The Mayo Clinic study that determined it was OK for cell phones in hospitals stated that cell phones only affect 1.2% of medical equipment uses.

    I guess depending on which 1.2% that is disrupted, that doesn't seem to matter. That being said, I guess its ok on planes, and depending on who is sitting next to me, I would rather them talk on the cell phone than me.

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