Cell phones have taken over so much of the world's voice communications that many people have discontinued use of their land-lines altogether and rely solely on the mobile phones for telephony. But in the U.S., these ubiquitous devices are barred from use in aircraft both by FAA Advisory Circular 91-21B and by the Federal Communications Commission. However, Europe allows cell phones on aircraft. “Even to us, it's just mushy,” says Tom Myers, director of marketing for Aircell. On its ...

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