British airline passengers to get 'all clear' to use mobiles in flight

From U.K. Daily Mail, march 26, 2008:

Those who enjoy the quiet sanctity of flying because of the mobile phone ban on planes, may soon have their peace shattered.

The communications regulator Ofcom said plans are now in place to allow passengers on UK-registered aircraft to use their own mobiles while in flight over Europe.

Some airlines already offer passengers in-flight telephone services via the airline's own network.

But the new arrangement will involve passengers' own mobiles connecting to an on-board base station.

Both of these must be switched off during take-off and landing to ensure they do not interfere with mobile networks on the ground.

Once the aircraft reaches a minimum height of 9,840ft (3,000m), the system may be switched on by the cabin crew.

Mobile users will then be able to use the aircraft's network service to make and receive calls which will be routed via a satellite link to the network on the ground...

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Why all this expensive equipment & elaborate procedures? We were

assured that cell phones worked just fine on airplanes way back in 2001, on 9/11 of all days!?

Passengers had lengthy conversations with many people that day, no? This despite most all phone lines, cell & otherwise, having been jammed-up & overwhelmed with calls as soon as the towers were struck, mind you!

Consider mass emailing truth messages. More info here: