FCC (US) Considers Lifting In-flight Cell Phone Usage Ban

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When I was watching BBC World News last night and later Bloomberg, I couldn’t escape the fact that the FCC in the United States was considering lifting the inflight cell phone usage ban. Here’s the piece on CNN about the issue (access here).

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You can already use cell phones on number of airlines (Emirates comes to mind). You connect to a base station on the airplane and the call is charged to your cell phone bill. Cannot remember the minute charges, but I do remember them being rather high.

Are we ready for widespread cell phone usage in-flight?

My personal opinion is big no considering the limited personal space on most flights. Do I really want to listen to someone else’s loud conversations?

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This just reminds me of a mishap last week at one hotel club lounge when this lady was “screaming” at a very loud German with someone over the Facetime. When I asked her to take the conversation elsewhere or use headphone, we had a mini “shouting” match.

Conclusion

I am for more connectivity while inflight, but having loud phone conversation will just make the flying experience worse than it already is.

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