Computerworld: Why cell phones are still grounded

by 1389 on May 9, 2007

in airlines and aviation, cellular, corruption, France, government regulation, mobile web, travel, U.S. law

We’ve all been told that we can’t use a cellphone on an airliner because it would interfere with aviation electronics, or perhaps with cellular towers on the ground. To put it bluntly, both of those excuses are hogwash.

This Computerworld article points out that any technical issues associated with cellphones could be resolved easily enough, and explains why it has been more convenient and more profitable for the airlines, the cellular carriers, and the government to keep the ban in effect.

Too bad they can’t be honest enough to admit that they might consider dropping the ban – just as soon as they can figure out a way to extract enough money from us to make it worth their while.

As an ironic, and only slightly off-topic, footnote, the TSA has lost 100,000 employee records. Oops…


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