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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    iphone, 8 Oct 2007 @ 9:42am

    thankyou god

    "Certainly, I would hope that neither of those two women I mentioned would beamong the mobile phone complainers."

    and certainly they would be on a cell phone if they could...

    if i dont like your skype chat i starting vomiting and drooling...

    for 5 hours of babies and women chatting, an Ambien or two and a vodka tonic makes it disappear...

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