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Old 04-03-07, 06:18 PM
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FCC says no to cell phones on aircraft

Thankfully they got this one right, no cell phones on airliners:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070403/...es_airplanes_3
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Thank god. I don't want to listen to morons blabbing on their phones mid-flight while I'm trying to sleep/read.

However, they really need to learn to stop being retarded about not allowing portable electronics from 0-10000'. My iPod will not cause the plane to crash.
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Thank the FAA Can you imagine being stuck on a plane with 100 plus people talking loud on their cell phones.
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Was it because of Flight 93?
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Mythbusters had an episode on this. They found that, except in very unusual circumstances, cell phones would not interfere with navigation, communications or other flight functions. However, given the possibility that some phones might affect these functions, I have no problem with this rule.
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Stupid in my opinion but oh well I rarely fly.

I still believe most people are annoyed by cell phones because you can't hear both sides of the conversation. I do understand that some people tend to talk louder on a cell phone than normal conversation but I think even if you took that away people would still complain. Does it bother you when two people on the plane are sitting there talking?
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Of course they dont interfere, they've been used on private flights for decades and every pilot knows its bullshit rule. Now phones yep who wants to listen to someone ramble on for 2 hrs + on a phone. But no electronics is pure BS.
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Originally Posted by El Scorcho
Thank god. I don't want to listen to morons blabbing on their phones mid-flight while I'm trying to sleep/read.
Amen!! Great news.
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That's a good move

now, give me (free) in-flight internet access and things will be right with the world.
Old 04-03-07, 08:45 PM
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So those expensive built in phones don't interfere with anything?
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For 5 bucks a minute, the airlines are willing to take the risk.
Old 04-03-07, 08:51 PM
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Great. If they'll only ban them on trains and the subway, I'd be happy too. Sometimes people don't realize how loud and annoying they can be on their cell phones.
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Originally Posted by innocentfreak
I still believe most people are annoyed by cell phones because you can't hear both sides of the conversation. I do understand that some people tend to talk louder on a cell phone than normal conversation but I think even if you took that away people would still complain. Does it bother you when two people on the plane are sitting there talking?
So what? It's still annoying.
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They should've said NO TALKING on airlines.
Old 04-03-07, 11:24 PM
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They will talk even louder to be heard over the ambient noise. Given the close quarters, the inability to move & a long flight, I'd almost guarantee that some obnoxious salesman yapping all flight long on their cell would get their ass kicked about once a month.
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Stupid in my opinion but oh well I rarely fly.

I still believe most people are annoyed by cell phones because you can't hear both sides of the conversation. I do understand that some people tend to talk louder on a cell phone than normal conversation but I think even if you took that away people would still complain. Does it bother you when two people on the plane are sitting there talking?
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The avionics are shielded enough not to get any interference from cell phones. From what I understand, the problem is how fast your phone would have to swich towers during your call. I guess this puts alot of stress on the cell networks when you are switching every min or so.
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Well this sucks. I like to express my manhood by showing everybody my awesome cell phone that I'm sure no one else can afford. Now where the hell am I supposed to use it?
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I thought cell phone use was already no no on airlines?
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Last time I took a flight, cell phone use was only allowed before takeoff and after landing. I don't remember hearing anyone using a cell during a flight.
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Originally Posted by uli2000
The avionics are shielded enough not to get any interference from cell phones. From what I understand, the problem is how fast your phone would have to swich towers during your call. I guess this puts alot of stress on the cell networks when you are switching every min or so.

Pretty sure this is it. Notice it is the FCC, not the FAA placing the ban on the phones.

Here is an article regarding the issue, a bit more scientific than mythbusters.
If I recall, cell phones can have an impact, but it is mostly older models.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/mar06/3069
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Originally Posted by Bandoman
Mythbusters had an episode on this. They found that, except in very unusual circumstances, cell phones would not interfere with navigation, communications or other flight functions. However, given the possibility that some phones might affect these functions, I have no problem with this rule.
A Mythbusters test is not exactly that thorough. What was their sample size? How many different treatments did they use? What stats did they use? What was their alpha? Etc. etc.
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Originally Posted by Timber
So those expensive built in phones don't interfere with anything?
No, they're designed to not interfere.
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Originally Posted by hdtv00
Of course they dont interfere, they've been used on private flights for decades and every pilot knows its bullshit rule. Now phones yep who wants to listen to someone ramble on for 2 hrs + on a phone. But no electronics is pure BS.

since when is it no electronics? i always play Civ4 or some other game on a flight
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It could be because a phone might be invented that could cause interference. Since airlines don't want to test every phone on the market or pay to upgrade the plane to block the new phone's interference, easier to just ban them all.

Good I say. I hate being near people yapping on the phone.

What flights is everyone else on that no electronics is a rule? In every plane that I've been in, unless the plane is landing or taking off, electronics that don't transmit signals are OK.
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They always say to turn off all electronics during take off and landings. This includes MP3 players, games, DVD players, etc... I think it might be the first 10000ft as someone mentioned. I have heard this on United and American...

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