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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  1. identicon
    LJSeinfeld, 8 Oct 2007 @ 2:36pm

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

    Nate K: That's rubbish.

    The whole idea of cellular technology is that your phone locks onto ONE cell-site until it's ready to move to the next. It may poll several sites in the area... but once you are on a call, you are on ONE cell-site.

    I've heard that a phone being handed off from site to site as quickly as it would in a airplane can cause some trouble with the network... but I don't know if those claims have actually been substantiated.

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