I can't believe that loud obnoxious discourteous morons will soon be allowed to make in-flight phone calls. Some people are bad enough on the ground, shouting into their mobiles while gesturing wildly, now we will be their captured audience. I do believe reasonably priced Internet access should be available to all, especially on those interminably long boring overseas flights, but for heaven's sake in-flight phone calls are just wrong. As a pilot I never thought that phones and cameras ever really interfered with aircraft systems and thought they used that as an excuse to not allow phone calls during flights. Now there is apparently a change of heart, and we all will be suffering the consequences of this BS change in flight regulations. This quote from the article is bewildering:
"You can't legislate manners from a regulatory standpoint," she said. "Sooner or later, the arguments against mobile connectivity are going to fall away."
Yeah, right. How many of us will have to suffer before in-flight calls are once again outlawed as a necessity. Here's a link to the article:
EDIT: Don't know why the link refuses to display properly. I've tried several times already but asterisks continue to show up. Simply go to cnn.com and search for the article titled, "In-flight phone calls to become standard, say experts".