Cell Phones on Planes?

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Cell Phones on Planes?
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Fri, 11-22-2013 - 11:36am

When I recently flew to see my parents, United was still limiting electronic device usage on the flight out, but relaxed the rules by the time I flew home.  It was very nice to be able to continue to use my iPad during takeoff and landing, you still had to keep Wi-Fi turned off.  There has been some discussion on airlines allowing the use of cell phones as well, such as making and receiving calls, and there isn't much support for it: 

Mere weeks after the FAA relaxed rules to allow the use of personal electronic devices during all phases of flight -- a running list of which airlines are allowing gate-to-gate use is here -- the FCC is getting in on the cellphone plane party and considering letting passengers talk and text across the whole country.

"...the time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

The public reaction was swift and overwhelmingly negative. Some passengers said they would consider changing their airline loyalty if their go-to carrier decided to allow in-flight calls.

Read more: http://www.today.com/money/cellphone-use-during-flights-id-rather-have-snakes-plane-2D11641667

I think it's like the silent cars on commuter trains, nobody wants to hear your conversation.  On the other hand, could totally see it being used for business when you are flying in the middle of the workday. 

Are you for or against it?  

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Tue, 11-26-2013 - 4:51pm

I think if they were going to allow talking on a cell phone, there should be a separate area in the cabin for it, just like they have first class, business class, etc, AND they should charge extra for it, just like everything else these days.

I tried calling dh last week when he was on the train up to NYC for work.  He texted me after not answering my call to say that he's in the "quiet" car and can't talk on the phone but I could text him back and forth.  He's up there again today and taking the train back and told me that the trains are so crowded today, due to weather/Thanksgiving, that even in the cars where cell phone use is allowed, it is so crowded that talking on the phone would be awkward so if I needed anything, to text him.  I imagine the same scenario on a plane if multiple people are trying to have conversations on phones in a small crowded airline cabin.

Of course, I could see the opposite happening...they would make a quiet section and charge people for that, making it a privilege like anything else, and force the masses to deal with the obnoxious cell phone people.

As for business people, they have lived this long without being able to conduct business calls on planes, so don't see a real "need" for it especially if they have the capability of texting and sending emails in flight.

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Registered: 03-27-2000
Tue, 11-26-2013 - 4:51pm

I think if they were going to allow talking on a cell phone, there should be a separate area in the cabin for it, just like they have first class, business class, etc, AND they should charge extra for it, just like everything else these days.

I tried calling dh last week when he was on the train up to NYC for work.  He texted me after not answering my call to say that he's in the "quiet" car and can't talk on the phone but I could text him back and forth.  He's up there again today and taking the train back and told me that the trains are so crowded today, due to weather/Thanksgiving, that even in the cars where cell phone use is allowed, it is so crowded that talking on the phone would be awkward so if I needed anything, to text him.  I imagine the same scenario on a plane if multiple people are trying to have conversations on phones in a small crowded airline cabin.

Of course, I could see the opposite happening...they would make a quiet section and charge people for that, making it a privilege like anything else, and force the masses to deal with the obnoxious cell phone people.

As for business people, they have lived this long without being able to conduct business calls on planes, so don't see a real "need" for it especially if they have the capability of texting and sending emails in flight.

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Wed, 11-27-2013 - 9:52am

I think if they were going to allow talking on a cell phone, there should be a separate area in the cabin for it, just like they have first class, business class, etc, AND they should charge extra for it, just like everything else these days.

Yes!  I definitely agree.  

I would not care for having to hear people on the phone throughout a flight.  I would have no issue with texting.

I'm just so tickled that the electronic devices rules have been relaxed!  I was told once that I couldn't fly with my insulin pump.  They finally did allow me to have it, as long as it was suspended during takeoff and landing, but even that causes problems for me, and I couldn't check blood sugars on the plane because the pump and the glucometer communicate.  Assuming that I ever get to go anywhere again, being able to leave it running throughout the flight will be awesome.  

 


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