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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

Yeah I just can't wait to be on a flight where I have to sit and listen to some loud mouth on their phone.

We don't need more electronics in our life. We need less (as I type on my computer)….

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

The FAA is in serious need of overhaul it's self. The pilot and mechanic tests are sadly 40 years out of date and apparently they have no one willing to give them an ultimatum on their own standards.

It's not that all FAA employees are lazy, I think they have just found that it's impossible to change anything in such an entrenched bureaucracy.

I think the next technological improvement we need is not to eliminate government, but to make it serve us better and break down bureaucracy. Complicated systems are solvable.

Kearns, UT

I agree with Lifelong Republican. I'm not looking forward to these obnoxious idiots that can't turn their phones off for two or three hours and have to let everyone hear their side of the conversation. Personally, I leave my cell phone in my luggage. I've got no reason nor inclination to talk on the phone while flying. There is absolutely nothing that is that important that can't wait until the plane lands. The abusers will be the same people that text while they drive.


It is long overdue. Responding to some earlier comments: there is a significant difference between good manners/ respectful behavior and "danger".

We have far too much danger/crying wolf going on in our nation as "justification" for lots of expensive ridiculous bureaucratic behaviors.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

What is the huge value to FINALLY being able to use your phone while on a plane?

So people can be forced to overhear your conversations while we are all stuck on the plane together??


Do you really have that much urgent business that you MUST be able to talk on your phone loudly in a crowded public area like an air plane?

I wish the airplane could be a quiet place where we respect each other's space and privacy. I don't understand the urgency some people feel to FINALLY make it noisier and noisier place with more and more people all trying to talk on their phones while in that small enclosed area (where no conversation is private).

Do you really think everybody on the plane wants to hear your side of your trivial phone conversations?

I don't get the urgency some people feel in FINALLY having access to your phone on the plane.

American Fork, UT

Did any of the above posters read the column? It states that it "no longer is necessary to turn off cell phones or other electronic devices during takeoff and landing". Making and receiving calls is still not allowed but passengers can watch movies, listen to music play games and use their devices for anything else they want except talking on the phone.


Wasn't it cell phone calls made by vile criminal rebels (passengers who did *not* turn off their phones --- and therefore could dial out without all those attention-grabbing start-up noises) who gave "us* vital information about 9/11?

Heber City, UT

While I applaud the victory of less government intervention and the issues surrounding frivolous laws that have no scientific (aka demonstrated) reason for being, I, too, am concerned about the need that people seem to have to be on the phone all the time. I keep having to avoid people in parking lots who are driving around with a cell phone glued to their ear seemingly unaware that anyone else is around. It gives a whole new meaning to defensive driving. Consideration for the other person is not what we do best in the 21st century and I am worried about abuse of the cell phone "privilege" on airplanes. I think it is sufficient that we don't have to turn off the music or the video being consumed with headphones during takeoff and landing. But listening to a neighbor TALK on the phone through an entire flight would be horrible. But legislating that behavior doesn't work, either. Elder Maxwell talked about "when the sentry of self fails...". I fear that is the real issue in play.

American Fork, UT

Oldergreg...I think the callers on the 9/11 planes used the plane based phone systems, with their greivous fees and charges. In my experience, cel phones find no service on a plane once it reaches altitude. Planes are a great shield and generate an horrendous amount of RF noise themselves, so they're probably going to need some sort of repeater or other system to get your signal out of the plane. And airlines know how to charge a fee for that, you can count on it.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

When people talk on a cell phone they usually increase their volume in the supposition that they will not be heard. We can only hope that airlines charge an exorbitant fee for the privilege of annoying those sitting close to you.

Potsdam, 00

They will see to it, and change it again. I need my sleep on planes.

Salt Lake City, UT

What we really need is an app and the related software in the computers most cars have, so that when a cell phone in the car is "on", the transmission will automatically go to neutral; or, something to stop cellphone useage in cars. They would have to pull over and stop, first. Even passengers- its a small price to pay. We survived before cellphones.

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