Decision making too hard

Amazing news from the US:

The Federal Communications Commission has officially grounded the idea of allowing airline passengers to use cellular telephones while in flight.

Existing rules require cellular phones to be turned off once an aircraft leaves the ground in order to avoid interfering with cellular network systems on the ground. The agency began examining the issue in December 2004.

In an order released Tuesday, the FCC noted that there was “insufficient technical information” available on whether airborne cell phone calls would jam networks on the ground.


It takes more than two years for a bunch of government employees (with employment benefits many Americans can only dream about) to make decision that they cannot make decision. And therefore leave restrictions in place. The restrictions that are wrongly presented to us the airline customers as a safety measure (responsible for the flight safety is another authority, the Federal Aviation Administration).

It probably would be cheaper for American taxpayers to finance full-scale testing, with cell networks and airplanes stuffed with hundreds of active mobile phones flying above those somewhere in Arizona desert. But apparently the government bureaucrats aren’t interested in making decisions based on facts. That’s sad.

One thought on “Decision making too hard”

  1. How decisions are made always fascinates me, as many decisions are made not by fact.
    Anyhow i would have thought the telco and aviation industries would have got together by now and sorted this out. Considering the coverage in 2001 of people using cell phones and other electronic equipment during 9/11 i think it might just be a bit useful since every man and his dog has a mobile phone these days.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>