Emirates the First Airline to Allow Inflight Calls from Passenger Cellphones

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Dubai-based airline Emirates has claimed the first ever permitted mobile phone call from a commercial flight. The conversations took place aboard a Casablanca-bound Airbus A340 that had been kitted out with a system that stops cellphones from messing with the plane's electronics. By the end of the year its passengers will be able to clack away on their BlackBerries and use other data services, such as sending texts. Calls on night flights will not be allowed, and the crews will be allowed to prohibit yakking whenever they feel like it. The only stipulation is that cell users, who can only make calls when at cruising height keep their phones switched to silent—thank God—during flights. [BBC Online]

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The difference between someone yakking on their cell and someone yakking on the GE Airphone is that the Airphone is designed to deal with the loud white noise that the plane creates when in flight. Your cell phone doesn't. So what do people do when they can't hear the person on the other end? They YELL!!! That oughta be fun...