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Non-stop talking in the friendly skies?

If you thought "Snakes on a Plane" was scary, here's another idea for a horror movie:

   "Cell Phones on a Plane."

   Cell phone use on planes in the air remains banned by two government agencies in this country. But the European Union has approved their use, and several European carriers are introducing the service this year.

   Further, several carriers are beginning to offer Internet service or electronic messaging service on planes, leaving the potential for VOIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocol, Web-based phone calls someday.

   It's enough to worry people who travel frequently for business and dread sitting next to the guy discussing his latest romantic fling  or the woman relating her latest trip to the doctor.

   In interviews, frequent fliers said they'd like the ability to check e-mail, send text messages or surf the Web at 30,000 feet. But the thought of cell phone calls or VOIP calls scares them.

   Do you think cell phones should be allowed while planes are in flight, if the safety concerns can be addressed? Would you like to stay connected even when you're in the air?

   What about the Internet, or e-mail and text messaging and Instant Messaging?


   … Stephen T. Watson


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