Cell phones on aircraft debate continues

May 28 2005 - 03:32 PM ET | In The News
The long running debate of whether cellular phones should be allowed on aircraft is still raging, now CTIA is urging for more research to make sure airborne networks don't interfere with existing terrestrial networks: bq. Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA commented, “While the industry recognizes the consumer demand for wireless service anytime, anywhere - even while airborne - we believe it is more important to ensure wireless networks on the ground, serving more than 182 million consumers, continue operating without interference. Additionaly, the US Department of Homeland Security is concerned that mobile phone communication on aircraft could aid coorination between terrorists and possibly set off remote bombs. While the threat of communication is unlikely (Verizon Wireless currently offers a service to forward your calls to the in-seat phone in front of you), remote detonation is an interesting concern. Most travelers that are against cell phones being allows in-flight cite the inevitability of rude passengers as their motivation.