September 12, 2006
Dear CNET members,
If the thought of having snakes on a plane was terrifying, I have something possibly even scarier: cell phone use on planes! Allowing cell phone calls during commercial airline flights has been heavily debated all over the Internet, and if the FCC lifts this ban in the near future--granted that it does not cause any interference with an airplane's communications and flight controls--we all may be able to use our personal cell phones during flights. At this moment, you are either loving the idea or just absolutely disgusted by the very thought. While I'm not strongly for or against it, I do have some reservations about it just from observing how some people use their phones--on the ground, on public transportation--and it's not pretty. Whichever way it goes, I think there has to be strict enforcement of rules to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable flight. For those with bad phone etiquette, we can always show them the parachute (wink). So what do you think of all this? Should we allow cell phone usage on airplanes? Why or why not? Can you think of any real benefits to allowing this? Whatever your stance is on this topic, chime into the latest On the Call community discussion to tell us exactly how you feel about allowing cell phone calls during flight.
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Cell phone usage
Airlines are beginning to announce plans to phase in cell phone use during flights. While some may find in-flight calling convenient, others cringe at the idea. After being presented with the latest On the Call topic, "Should cell phone use be allowed on airplanes?," several of you offered your two cents on having this service allowed.
Great advantage to professionals on the run
"I think cell phones are a great advantage to professionals on the run. Cell phones should be allowed to be used on planes; paying that premium is really crazy, besides, what is the purpose of having a cell phone or..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member juanjo32278Think air rage!
"You must be out of your minds to suggest that anyone be able to talk (more like shout) for hours during a flight. Isn't it annoying enough to put up with these obnoxious people in the terminal and on the plane before the cabin..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member LrothflAbsolutely not!
"Allowing cell phone calls on planes would just be a disturbance to others. When someone is flying, the change in air pressure often makes it hard to hear others, and therefore hard to tell whether your speaking volume..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member bostonchoirboySpeak Up!
What do you think about the idea of allowing cell phone usage on airplanes? Do you welcome this or will it be another reason not to fly? Positive or negative, here's your chance to tell us if you think cell phone use should be allowed on airplanes, and why or why not.
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