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.

Filed Under: airplanes, in-flight voice, mobile phones, voip
Companies: faa, fcc


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    Mike (profile), 8 Oct 2007 @ 11:57am

    Re: FAA has good reason to ban cell phones on plan

    The FCC actually has good cause to ban cell phones while in airplanes... They have actually banned them when in any flight, whether it's a hot air balloon or a plane. Your cell phone will connect with as many towers as it can at all times, when in flight the number of towers that it can see increases dramaticly which creates more traffic and conjestion on the cell network...

    There are solutions to this, mainly in the form of picocells attached the planes, that route all of the cell phone call info.

    The FCC took that into account and *still* said they weren't going to allow it. So, it's got nothing to do with hitting a bunch of towers.

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