FAA Assessing Future Cell Phone Use for Passengers: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set the rules for what devices can be used when and where in United States (and above it). According to CNN, the FAA is set to reassess their current restrictions on mobile usage.
Likely, the only changes will come with non-broadcasting mobile devices — hopefully including devices set to "airplane mode."
As of now, the FCC will not allow cell phone usage on airplanes, because the wireless capabilities can interfere with other networks running on the ground. Not to mention, a recent study claimed "75 instances in which consumer electronics were suspected of interfering with plane systems," said CNN.
High-speed internet has come to airplanes in place of the back-of-seat phones that are now as difficult to find as a pay phone.
It will be a long while before we can make cell phone calls on airplanes, and currently the FCC and FAA agree this is the best plan for now. However, a new government group, set to assemble this fall, will begin the process of studying, "current policies and procedures governing portable electronic devices."