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FCC Asks FAA To Allow Mobile Device Use on Planes
FCC Asks FAA To Allow Mobile Device Use on Planes

By Jennifer LeClaire
December 10, 2012 9:49AM

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The FCC's Web site lists its own ban on the use of cellular signals on airplanes: "Federal Communications Commission rules prohibit the use of cellular phones using the 800 MHz frequency and other wireless devices on airborne aircraft. This ban was put in place because of potential interference to wireless networks on the ground."
 

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Will the U.S. government please make up its mind? The Federal Communications Commission is imploring the Federal Aviation Administration to allow use of mobile devices on planes during takeoffs and landings.

FCC Chairman Julius Genochowski sent a letter to the FAA last week urging the agency to allow travelers to keep their smartphones, laptops, tablets and e-readers on. Specifically, Genochowski said the FAA should "enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices" during flights.

The letter was address to Michael Huerta, the acting FAA administrator. In it, Genochowski pointed to the importance of letting travelers use mobile devices on the aircraft because Americas are more reliant on the technology for both business and personal use.

"This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives," Genochowski wrote. "They empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family, and they enable both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost U.S. competitiveness."

The FAA's Long Review

The FAA was not immediately available for comment. But the FAA's stance is clear: The agency has implemented strict rules about travelers turning off mobile electronics during takeoff despite any proof that tablets or smartphones interfere with the airplane's navigation systems.

With pressuring mounting, the FAA in August said it would review its policy.

"We're looking for information to help air carriers and operators decide if they can allow more widespread use of electronic devices in today's aircraft," Huerta said in a statement in August. "We also want solid safety data to make sure tomorrow's aircraft designs are protected from interference."

That was August. This is December and the policies regarding electronic devices during flight are still in place. The FAA released a study on cellphone use on planes in June. The conclusion: No non-US civil aviation authority reported any cases of air rage or flight attendant interference related to passengers using cellphones on aircraft equipped with on-board cellular telephone base stations.

"The non-US civil aviation authorities who have approved the installation of onboard cellular telephone base stations on aircraft reported that the aircraft with these installations undergo extensive analysis, functional tests, ground tests, and flight tests to demonstrate that the cellphones and base stations do not interfere with aircraft systems," the report said.

No More Excuses

The FCC's Web site lists its own ban on the use of cellular signals on airplanes. A statement on the site reads, "Federal Communications Commission rules prohibit the use of cellular phones using the 800 MHz frequency and other wireless devices on airborne aircraft. This ban was put in place because of potential interference to wireless networks on the ground."

So, again, will the U.S. government please make up its mind?

We turned to Michael Disabato, managing vice president of Network and Telecom at Gartner, to get his take on the issue. He told us the FAA can no longer continue claiming the mobile devices interfere with navigation systems.

"Everybody is pointing at the two that are in the cockpit using mobile devices. They can't shut off their devices anymore because documentation they need is on the devices," Disabato. "The FAA is basically between a rock and a hard place because they have totally inconsistent message about why they don't want these devices used."
 

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Jesse Reyna:

Posted: 2012-12-21 @ 8:57am PT
It would be kinda cool to use your phone on a plane but safety comes first.

Kristina Boots:

Posted: 2012-12-20 @ 12:12pm PT
In some cases I think it is safe to use your cell phones on a plane, but in others, no. It is nice to stay in touch with your family and friends, but at the same time your cell phone wires could interfere with the air traffic control settings.

Just Sayin:

Posted: 2012-12-20 @ 12:07pm PT
@Jakeia, @Auburn: Of course it's nice to be able to stay in touch while you're on the plane. The question is whether or not it's safe for the aircraft's communications systems. If your mobile phone interferes with the plane's ability to reach air traffic control, it could cause a very unsafe situation.

Jakeia Boger:

Posted: 2012-12-20 @ 11:46am PT
I think its safe to use a cell phone on the plane because you can keep in touch with your job, loved ones, and friends.

AuburnCeleste.:

Posted: 2012-12-18 @ 11:56am PT
I think its a good idea. You can keep family in touch and let them know where you are.



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