FAA Posts Report On In-flight Cell Phone Usage

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FAA has posted a draft study (.pdf) on cell phone usage on aircraft. The study, ordered by Congress as part of the current FAA reauthorization bill, focuses on existing services allowed by foreign authorities
using on-board base stations. 

Spoiler alert--excerpts from report's conclusion below:

The non-US civil aviation authorities who have approved the installation of onboard cellular telephone base stations on aircraft reported that the aircraft with these installations undergo extensive analysis, functional tests, ground tests, and flight tests to demonstrate that the cell phones and base stations do not interfere with aircraft systems. 

The civil aviation authorities reported no confirmed occurrences of cell phones affecting flight safety on aircraft with on-board cellular telephone base stations.

No non-US civil aviation authority reported any cases of air rage or flight attendant interference related to passengers using cell phones on aircraft equipped with on-board cellular telephone base stations. 

Passengers complained about the cost of the cell phone service and when the cell phone service was inoperative or interrupted in flight.

FAA is accepting public comments on the report through November 11.

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