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Smartphones On A Plane: DoT Weighs In
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SachinEE
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12/24/2013 | 2:51:57 AM
Re : Smartphones On A Plane: DoT Weighs In
@ SaneIT, I am with you on the calls. Calls should not be allowed during landing and take-off owing to reasons you mentioned and all other reasons. I wonder, however, how could texting and data services be justified because of the same reason of distraction of passengers? Isn't it that texting or emailing is equally distractive?
SachinEE
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12/24/2013 | 2:51:52 AM
Re : Smartphones On A Plane: DoT Weighs In
@ WKash, that was years ago and was essentially a new thing people were excited about. We have come years from there and have experienced all the inconveniences rather irritations associated with people talking over phone during travelling. Uproar from people is justified if we put it in context of years of experience.
Marilyn Cohodas
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12/17/2013 | 9:01:23 AM
Re: Playing with fire
Thanks for the reference to Roslyn Layton's story, Make the Skies Friendlier For Mobile Devicies. It's encouraging to find out that the majority of passengers were respectful of other passengers in their inflight phone usage. The article also noted that the expense of in-flight roaming technology  curbed the frequency and duration of passenger phone calls. 

It sounds all good to me! You have it if you need it. But unless you really need it you won't use it!

 

SaneIT
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12/17/2013 | 7:23:41 AM
Re: Air Phones
I remember when seat back phones were rolled out and yes the cost of making a call kept people from using the service. The difference is that your cell phone with nationwide calling will be a free call so in theory you could start a call in the terminal before take off and end it after picking up your bags at the other end.  I have no doubts that someone will do this because I know several people who seem to have phones glued to the side of their head but most people understand how disruptive it is to everyone around them and would rather that everyone not be listening in to their conversation.
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12/16/2013 | 11:18:06 PM
Oorah For the DoT
Thank zod for small favors. Fllying in the US is already a nightmare thanks to the pedophilic/perverse TSA's security theater. Not having to be trapped next to someone who insists on jawboning coast to coast will spare travelers from extra aggravation.
Shane M. O'Neill
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12/16/2013 | 3:21:37 PM
Playing with fire
Will people talk even if they can? There's data cited in this story showing that on European airlines where talking on mobile phones is legal, hardly anyone does it because of high roaming charges and other fees. (In an 11-country survey, 2% of passengers used voice services in flight and phone calls were less than two minutes long on average). Nevertheless, Americans are richer and ruder than most so we may be playing with fire here. Flights are tense enough -- nobody wants to be stuck next to an oblivious blowhard yapping on his phone. I think texting should suffice; keep the talking on the ground.
Marilyn Cohodas
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12/16/2013 | 12:37:12 PM
Re: Air Phones
Who knows how much the roaming charges would be above 30,000 feet! Maybe we will yearn for the good old days of seat back calls. 
WKash
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12/16/2013 | 12:34:40 PM
Re: Air Phones
Marilyn, I have the same recollection.  It was more curiosity and something to keep the kids busy, mostly because the price of a call was so expensive, one (I) felt guilty even putting it on an expense account.

 
Marilyn Cohodas
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12/16/2013 | 12:03:25 PM
Re: Air Phones
Wyatt, I can't ever remember being on a flight when anyone actually used the seatback phone -- and it isn't free. I assume there would be a roaming charge with your cell phone maybe that would prevent a cabin full of chatterers. 
WKash
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12/16/2013 | 11:28:10 AM
Air Phones
Interesting, when airlines introduced phones in seatbacks years ago, there was nothing like the uproar we're now hearing over the FCC decision.
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