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Opt for cellphone use on flights in U.S. airspace

Opt for cellphone use on flights in U.S. airspace Chicago Tribune – By Adam Minter What would the friendly skies be like if you could use your cellphone on flights in U.S. airspace? Last week, comments closed on a proposed Department of Transportation rule that would continue the long-standing U.S. ban on in-flight use of […]

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PANASONIC WILL DOUBLE THE SIZE OF CONNECTIVITY-EQUIPPED FLEET BY END OF 2014

Panasonic announced that it will double the size of its connectivity-equipped fleet by the end of 2014 following FAA certification of a bird strike compliant radome for B777-200 aircraft. The STC (supplemental type certificate) for the B777-200 radome paves the way for approvals on other aircraft types. Panasonic currently has more than 150 B777-200 aircraft […]

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8 Expert Theories Behind the Malaysia Air Disappearance

8 Expert Theories Behind the Malaysia Air Disappearance The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles (11 kilometers) above the earth. So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet well into its flight Saturday morning over the South China Sea has […]

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Feds appear hung up on use of cell phones on airplanes “Tap don’t talk”

Feds appear hung up on use of cell phones on airplanes “Tap don’t talk” It looks like the government is more conflicted about cellphones on planes than most travelers. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Passengers — particularly those who fly often — […]

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Google’s Glass and the Future of Frequent-Flyer Flattery

Google’s Glass and the Future of Frequent-Flyer Flattery If Google (GOOG) never finds a mainstream consumer market for its wearable Glass device, perhaps airlines will be interested. Virgin Atlantic began a six-week trial Tuesday that will equip its staff at London’s Heathrow Airport with the eyewear gadgets in an effort to more quickly shuttle first- and business-class passengers […]

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House Committee to Markup Bill Banning In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

House Committee to Markup Bill Banning In-Flight Cell Phone Calls Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, February 11), the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will markup the Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on Mobile Wireless Devices Act (H.R. 3676). The bill would bar travelers from making cell phone calls on commercial flights—a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s recent proposal to […]

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How would in-flight calling actually work?

How would in-flight calling actually work? Making phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air has been a hot-button topic of late, spurred on by recent comments made by Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The agency is investigating whether or not it should lift itslong-standing ban on making phone calls from a […]

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Congress Says No With FCC Set to Go on In-Flight Calls

Congress Says No With FCC Set to Go on In-Flight Calls Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t backing down on letting U.S. airline passengers make phone calls even as members of Congress and members of the public say, “No.” The agency tomorrow is set to take a preliminary vote on ending its voice-calling ban […]

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http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/192875-overnight-tech-fcc-wont-back-down

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/192875-overnight-tech-fcc-wont-back-down THE LEDE: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) isn’t bowing to public pressure to abandon its plan to allow cellphone use on planes. Despite a major public backlash, the commission plans to vote on Thursday on whether to move ahead with the proposal and begin accepting public comment. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has introduced a […]

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Disruptions: Calling From the Clouds

Disruptions: Calling From the Clouds You know there is trouble when Tony Robbins, the tirelessly upbeat Mr. Motivation, is sulking. But there he was taking to Twitter, lamenting the prospect of yet another torment in the hell of modern air travel: people talking on cellphones. The Federal Communications Commission is considering letting passengers use their phones while […]

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