News

Cell phones could be cleared for takeoff

Cell phones could be cleared for takeoff

CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF: Your cell phone could soon be used on some flights. Photo: clipart.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — We may be getting closer to the time when we can get on an airline and not have to stow away our cell phones — or put them on “airplane mode.” And if the new head of the Federal Communications Commission gets his way, the idea of “airplane mode” may go away altogether.

Tom Wheeler says rules that bar cell phone use during flights are “outdated.” And he says the agency is proposing that passengers can use their smartphones to send email, text and download data.

The new rules would apply to flights that are more than 10,000 feet in altitude — but not during takeoffs and landings.

While many may see the decision to lift rules on using cell phones as a positive thing, be warned.

There are some who forsee the problem of passengers chatting away non-stop during flights — when others might want to sleep or just enjoy some peace and quiet as their jetliners cruise the skies.

Latest Headlines

3 hours ago in Local

Fishing Panel Urges Obama Not To Set Atlantic Sea Monument

GENERIC OCEAN LARGE

A key interstate fishing commission is calling on the White House to shoot down or dramatically limit a proposal for a national monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

3 hours ago in Local

Woman Killed In Crash In Porter

MAINE STATE

State Police say a woman was killed this afternoon when her car struck a tractor trailer along Route 25 in Porter.

8 hours ago in Local

Zoning changes would promote solar arrays in South Portland

GENERIC SOLAR PANELS LARGE

Planning officials in South Portland, Maine, have proposed changes to the city's zoning regulations to allow for more commercial and residential solar power installations.

10 hours ago in Local

Three Arrested In Robbery And Drug Incident

sopodrug

South Portland police arresting three on drug charges Tuesday night.

11 hours ago in Local

New York Man Sentenced For Smuggling Opioids Into Maine

OPIODS

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A New York man has been sentenced to serve more than eight years in federal prison for smuggling opioids from his home state into southern Maine for distribution.

Tweets

  • 3h
  • 5h
  • 6h
  • 7h
  • 9h
  • 10h
  • 29h