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s31523 writes "A while back it was reported that cell phone use was given the OK on Emirate airlines. The BBC is now reporting European agencies back the use of cell phones in air. Plans have been developed to introduce technology that allow cell phone use on planes without any risk of interference. A spokesman for the UK regulator Ofcom said there were still many stages to pass through before final approval was given to the roll out of the plans, but the regulator said that the technology could be implemented next year."
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Cellphone Use On Planes Coming Soon?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 19, 2007 @01:51AM (#21037277)
    There won't be any issue with people talking on the phone during flights. Being a frequent flier, I sometimes forget to turn my phone off or switch it to airplane mode. Though my misdeeds led me to the following discovery: you don't get a signal above roughly 10000 feet. Odds are, even if someone wanted to, nobody would even have the ability to carry on annoying conversations for an entire flight.

    Honestly, it's a non-issue.
  • Re:Wait, what? (Score:4, Informative)

    by clarkkent09 (1104833) on Friday October 19, 2007 @01:58AM (#21037333)
    Are they just making the rules up randomly or something?

    Pretty much. The idea is to make people feel safer because they are doing something. What that something is is less important, they might as well require passengers to do a tap dance or whatever amuses them the most
  • by xaxa (988988) on Friday October 19, 2007 @06:32AM (#21038779)
    Many long-distance trains in the UK have a "quiet coach" where they ask people not to use mobile phones, personal stereos, children etc. The difference is, of course, that it's very easy to move from the quiet coach to another one if you need to make a call (or the reverse), not so easy on a plane (more people to climb over, less space).

    Hmm... I wonder how long it'll be before mobile phones can be used in the Channel Tunnel? You're only underground for 20 minutes though (it's 30 miles).
  • Re:mithra save us (Score:3, Informative)

    by Andy Dodd (701) <atd7&cornell,edu> on Friday October 19, 2007 @09:13AM (#21040143) Homepage

    Very often, the person picking you up will be waiting just off-airport at a safe/sane parking spot, rather than looping around the airport or paying $50 just to park for 15 minutes.

    Back when I was in graduate school I would frequently pick my father up from the airport. Rather than loop around the airport, contributing to traffic 10-20 times, I would park in a small parking lot near the airport and wait for a call. (Similarly, about half the limo drivers picking people up at Newark Airport do the same, in fact I picked up the trick from observing them.)

    While the person picking you up can see when the plane lands (esp. with a cell phone that has a data plan), the person picking you up doesn't have any status info on whether the luggage pickup system got delayed.
  • Re:mithra save us (Score:2, Informative)

    by Molochi (555357) on Friday October 19, 2007 @11:59AM (#21043043)
    In Atlanta, short term parking is $1 for the first hour. When I need to pick someone at the airport I can usually check the status of the flight online so I don't have to wait too long.

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