Up until a couple weeks ago, fliers weren’t able to use portable electronic devices in all stages of flight. Well since that has changed, and you can use devices on the ground, what’s next?
There have been talks that the U.S. would consider allowing cellphones on airplanes now. Yes, that means you would be able to talk on the phone during the flight.
According to this Wall Street Journal article,
The Federal Communications Commission said it will soon propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, setting up a debate that will pit the technically possible against the socially tolerable.
While cellphone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, the proposal would lift an FCC ban on airborne calls and cellular-data use by passengers once a flight reaches 10,000 feet.
That would remove a regulatory hurdle to in-flight calls, but it would be up to the airlines themselves whether to allow them. Airlines have said they would approach the matter cautiously because of strong objections from their customers. The carriers also would have to install equipment on their planes to communicate with cellphone towers on the ground.
Even if this was approved, it would be up to each airline to decide if they want to implement it. My guess, would be that many airlines would not allow this. What are your thoughts though? Is anyone for allowing cell phone use during flight?