FCC to relax phone use on planes -

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is going to suggest passengers can use mobile phones on planes in a move likely to infuriate a lot of people.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the proposal will let people use phones when a plane reaches 10,000 feet. Use will still be restricted when landing and taking off.

The nightmare scenario could result in innocent passengers having to listen to the most inane conversations in a place which has formerly been a haven of peace, if not quiet.

It will be up airlines to decide whether they should let passengers use them and the indications are that they’re not too keen on the idea.  The carriers would also have to install special equipment on the planes so they could communicate with base stations on the lonely planet.

It might be hard to connect with base stations if you’re on a trans-Pacific long haul fright (sic).