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Jon Talton

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December 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Vote: Cellphones on airplanes

As it became apparent that rules would be relaxed for cellphone use on airliners, some wag tweeted that passengers will ask to be re-seated next to a screaming baby. Now it looks as if you won’t have to make that choice — but only for now.

The latest news is that federal regulators will ban voice calls during flight, although passengers will be able to text and connect to the Internet above 10,000 feet. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said:

Over the past few weeks, we have heard of concerns raised by airlines, travelers, flight attendants, members of Congress and others who are all troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cellphones in flight, and I am concerned about this possibility as well.

But we are a society that defines deviancy downward, in the words of Daniel Patrick Moynihan. How long can civilization keep cell chatter from the skies? In any event, what do you think about cellphones and planes.

This Week’s Links:

No, the rich do not pay ‘all the taxes’ | Business Insider

The IT department is dead. Long live the IT department | Wired

Wall Street is unhappy with Washington, D.C. | NY Magazine

Why some communities foster more entrepreneurs than others | Richard Florida

Long-running fraud trial exposes lurid subprime scams | Rolling Stone

The companies that make the most money in the world, in one chart | Zero Hedge

Credit unions, lobbyists and risk | Slate

Report paints a grim picture of the arts and culture economy | Pacific Standard Magazine

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Not that big a deal | Paul Krugman

Hoovernomics explains the economy | Michael Froomkin

Today’s Econ Haiku:

New IAM vote?

Who needs to read a thriller?

Just follow the news

Comments | More in Aerospace/Boeing | Topics: Airplane Internet


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