Bill banning cellular calls on planes proposed in the US House of Representatives

A bill to ban cellphone voice calls by passengers on planes in flight has been proposed in the US House of Representatives. Ned Levi discusses the proposed ban and the events which have caused it to be proposed.
By |March 3rd, 2014|Columns|1 Comment|

An update: cellular service on planes, yea or nay

We've been reading a lot about the FCC possibly lifting their ban on inflight cellular services. Ned Levi has written about the prospect of lifting the ban in past columns. In this column Ned has an update about the FCC's position on the ban, and data from a recent survey released by the FAA concerning European inflight cellphone use.
By |December 16th, 2013|Columns|8 Comments|

Allowing cell phones on planes is not the end of the world

Get a grip, America. Or, rather, get a grip, Congress and the media. From the sounds of things, allowing passengers to speak on cell phones aboard aircraft would be horrendous. Chatty Cathy would be let loose. Strong-arming salesmen would have a field day. Teenage lovers would coo and woo each other while flying across the country. I doubt it.

The USA is a free country. We do not need congressmen telling us when we can speak on the phone and when we can not. Nor do we need the Department of Transportation to chime in with a new rule.

By |December 13th, 2013|Today|25 Comments|

Keep a cell phone operating during a power outage while traveling

Over the last several years in the US, major power outages have occurred due to serious weather activity affecting residents and travelers alike. In many cases, cell phones became "life-lines" for travelers needing rescue and medical assistance during the power outages despite some cellular service interruption, but only if the traveler's cell phone had a charged battery. Ned Levi discusses methods you can use to keep you phone charged while traveling during a power outage.
By |December 17th, 2012|Columns|3 Comments|