FCC Keeps Plane Cell Phone Ban for No Apparent Reason
The FCC has decided to continue the ban on use of cellular phones while in flight. They still have no plausible reason for doing so.
Federal Communications Commission has officially grounded the idea of allowing airline passengers to use cellular telephones while in flight. Existing rules require cellular phones to be turned off once an aircraft leaves the ground in order to avoid interfering with cellular network systems on the ground. The agency began examining the issue in December 2004.
In an order released Tuesday, the FCC noted that there was “insufficient technical information” available on whether airborne cell phone calls would jam networks on the ground.
While I’m happy not to have people yapping on their infernal cell phones while I’m crowded on an uncomfortable plane, this is nonsensical. Given that there is NO EVIDENCE that cell phones can jam networks on the ground, wouldn’t it seem reasonable that the burden of proof would be on those who want to ban them?
Then again, this is the Government we’re talking about, so they don’t need no stinking logical explanations. After all, after I’ve been forced to check my luggage lest I conceal explosives in my over-three-once vial of shaving gel, watched my wife have to throw away a perfectly good bottle of water so that she’ll have to buy an identical one at three times the price on the other side of the magic security window, and walked around the airport in my socks because some idiot unsuccessfully hid a bomb in his shoes, being deprived of my cell phone is the least of my worries.