Follow us:

Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

April 4, 2007 at 11:44 AM

No cell phones in the sky

We had a short story today about how the FCC has grounded the idea of allowing airline passengers to use cellphones while in flight.

I’m thinking the restriction is based more on maintaining order on the plane than anything else.

The FAA restricts cellphones and other electronic devices onboard aircraft to ensure against interference with the aircraft’s navigation and communication systems. But in an order released yesterday, the FCC noted that there was “insufficient technical information” available on whether airborne cell phone calls would jam networks on the ground.

I remember reading a story in the WSJ probably more than five years ago. Everyone came to the same conclusion — there was no evidence that cellphones caused interference, but just in case, we shouldn’t use them onboard.

This has got to be more of a self-preservation issue. Imagine people talking on the phone while flight attendants give out valuable information, or being in the next row from a loud talker?

Still, it would be nice to use your cellular connection to reply to email, or do your expenses while inflight. Although I suppose if that were the case, Wi-Fi on the plane would have taken off already.

Maybe people just want to use the time to disconnect and zone out?

If you have an opinion on the subject, you can vote here.

Comments | More in Wireless & telecom

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►