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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    TheDock22, 8 Oct 2007 @ 9:41am

    I don't think so...

    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.

    Right now airlines have complete control over the behavior of the passengers (i.e., making scantily clad passengers cover up with a blanket if you haven't been reading the news). All a stewardess/steward has to say to you is quit using your computer and if you do not comply you will be taken into custody the minute the plan touches ground.

    That is just one of the reasons I hate flying. Sometimes the stewardesses/stewards are completely unreasonable. I was flying one time and the ride was pretty bumpy so my breathing was a little erratic and I was gripping the seat so hard my knuckles were white. The steward told me to calm down because I was annoying the other passengers. He even went so far as to offer a sedative 30 minutes before we landed. Now I wasn't screaming or crying (or as far as I could see frightening other passengers), so I told him to leave me alone. I did get a talking to when I landed by security saying I needed to comply with any stewards request if the safety of other passengers was of concern. That's flying for you though.

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