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Mobile Phones on Planes : Good or Bad?

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 by in Technology | 1 comment

Mobile phones on planes – good or bad?  Today’s post is really more of a question for my every growing “bloggaratzi” (ha, please laugh, I spent 10 minutes figuring out how I wanted to spell that).  What do you think, you are sitting on a plane, would it bother you if I was on a conference call sitting right next to you that was not going well, and I was trying to control a meeting via teleconference at 30,000 feet.  Generally speaking almost everything I have read seems to point to the fact that the general consumer hates this idea.  Of course the various companies that stand to gain (make money) believe this is an amazing idea.


Do we end up with a “Calling Class”, a section of the plane that allows you to be on your phone.  The only real example I can point to is the “train ride from Washington DC up to NYC”. they have a “quite car”, and let me tell you, if you are not quite, you will get your a** kicked.

Here is a good overview of the situation:

The F.C.C. has been exploring the idea of letting people use cellphones on planes for many years. In 2007, the agency held an internal review to discuss overturning the rule, but with a lack of funding to test the safety aspects of the change, the exploration was shelved.

Technically, how does this even work? I lose cell signals on my phone above 10,000 feet.

The airlines would fit a device called a picocell to the bottom of a plane. The device acts like a giant booster for cellular signals. Picocells are essentially tiny cellular base stations, much like your Wi-Fi hotspot at home, which typically cover relatively small areas, like an airplane.

I am on a plane right now, writing this blog, and I freely admit I am completely addicted to my iThingy – BUT –  I am still not in favor of 200 people in a tube flying moving 400 miles per hour at 30,000 feet talking on the phone.  What do you think?

1 Comment

  1. I think you are right and the majority of Americans agree. The DoT is not going to allow it as a result.

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