Technology | Cell phones take flight
by Chris Stamper
Posted 7/31/04, 12:00 am
Airplane passengers may soon be able to use cell phones during flights. Qualcomm claims its CDMA wireless phone system will not interfere with navigational equipment, and legal, commercial use could be two years away.
Cell phones are known to work inside planes - witness the calls made from hijacked planes during the 9/11 attacks - but federal regulators consider them too risky to be legal. The expensive seatback phones, which are FAA-approved, use a different technology.