Since the prospect of making cell phone calls is now possible, the initial reaction from the flying public has been dramatically anti-cell-phone-use. Comments filed with the Department of Transportation from consumers support a firm rule of no-cell-phone-calls aboard aircraft. Some airlines have promised they will never allow cell phone calls on plane.
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Is this a knee-jerk reaction? Using cell phones would be far more expensive and controllable than cell phone use in normal life.
Should a cell phone rule be nationwide and for all flights? And, implemented by the government?
Would a quiet section work, such as in the back of the plane?
Would quiet times work for long-distance flights? Perhaps cell phones could be used for the first hour of flight and the last hour before landing? That would be easy for the airlines to implement by simply shutting down the system and then, later, turning it back on.
What about short flights like the shuttle between Washington and New York or