Fair point He does have a point, though. The FCC should rule based strictly on the technical issues involved. Safety, courtesy, and other non-technical or non-telecom business related issues should be left up to agencies that are charged with those duties, like the FAA, or to the carriers, who are ultimately responsible for the in-flight experience of their customers.
This does open the door to using your mobile data instead of having to pay for Gogo, so it's not entirely a bad idea. Plus, the idea of a voice call should be regulated at a higher level than the method of connectivity. If the FCC banned it, not the FAA or carriers, then someone could use VoIP with Gogo and be just as annoying.
Re: Fair point
said by ISurfTooMuch:In that case, I would be fine with allowing calls if they overcharge for it. This way it would discourage casual calls which are usually annoying. said by workablob:
have tried to use my Verizon phone in our corp jet even just a couple thousand feet in the air and it is a no-go for calls or data. What kind of magic phone/carrier does one need to make this feasible?
Essentially, they'll install femtocells in each plane. Calls will be backhauled to the ground via a satellite link. It'll be similar to the way it's done on cruise ships.
Re: Hmm..I suppose that courtesy goes both ways. When someone is on the phone in a bathroom stall next to mine I make it a point to flush now and then and do my business as loudly as possible.
There's no reason anyone should be talking on the phone while they take a dump. I'm sorry but that's incredibly disrespectful to the person you are talking to.