TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cellphones Aloft: The Inevitable Is Closer

Cellphones Aloft: The Inevitable Is Closer

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 14 Dec 2004 08:42:36 -0500


The day may finally be coming when you will be allowed to nmake calls
on your own cellphone from an airliner. Trouble is, so will the
passengers sitting on either side of you, and in front and in back of
you, as well.

Federal regulators plan next week to begin considering rules that
would end the official ban on cellphone use on commercial
flights. Technical challenges and safety questions remain. But if the
ban is lifted, one of the last cocoons of relative social silence
would disappear, forcing strangers to work out the rough etiquette of
involuntary eavesdropping in a confined space.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: But, as was pointed out here in the
Digest yesterday, quoting USA Today, it may be a long time before
we actually get to that point. PAT]

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