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FCC could let airplane passengers use cellular service in mid-flight

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When you have a long flight to make, if you can’t 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.

Source: WSJ
 

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how sweet would that be.... also how bad would the data charges be in mid air, even if you have unlimited?
 

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I'm sure glad I don't have reason to fly. I can't imagine what it will be like having everyone trying to talk over the people around them - especially those who think they have to be on speaker all the time. And if you're not one of those using a phone, how disturbing it will be. :( I just can't see any good coming of this. People just don't seem to have respect for each other anymore.
 

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Please NOOOOO.... I will get the one that will yak for the whole flight just because they CAN!!!! :O

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