FAA Will Not Lift Airborne Ban On Use of Cell Phones and Wireless Devices

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on July 14, 2005

Press release from the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: A proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule to allow the use of cell phones on commercial aircraft received bipartisan criticism during a Congressional oversight hearing today…any change to the existing ban on aircraft cell phone use would require the approval of both the FAA and FCC. Although Nick Sabatini, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety at the Federal Aviation Administration, indicated that the FAA has no intention of lifting its ban on the use of cell phones and other wireless devices, he said the FAA would consider allowing airlines to offer such services on a case-by-case basis if they demonstrate that pico cell, WiFi networks and other new communications technologies do not generate interference with avionics.” The press release also includes quotes from statements made by witnesses.

  • See also, Consumers Opposed to Cell Phone Use in Flight and “Cell Phones On Commercial Aircraft – A Nuisance Or Necessity” To Be Focus Of Congressional Oversight Hearing Thursday
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