- Nov 27, 2012
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When you have a long flight to make, if you cant sleep, you either grab a book with you or you play on your smartphone/tablet. According to The Wall Street Journal, you soon could be allowed to use the cellular service during the flight. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is looking at a proposal that would allow passengers to use cell phones on airplanes during flight, letting them make voice calls and use cellular data when above 10,000 feet.
Ryan Knutson with the WSJ says the following:
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.
The Federal Aviation Administration said last month that it would allow expanded use of electronic devices during flights. Technical concerns about the airborne use of gadgets have faded. But the debate about the social merits of allowing people to make phone calls with a captive audience in the close confines of an airplane cabin promises to be vigorous. At least one FCC commissioner's office was flooded Thursday by negative reaction to the proposal, an aide said.
The Federal Aviation Administration has recently relaxed the rules on the use of electronic devices in flight when it decided to allow gate to gate use of devices like iPads.