Why Can't We Use Cell Phones On Planes?

(In April 2007, the FCC ultimately dropped the inquiry into lifting the ban, saying it was "premature" to decide because they didn't have enough technical information about interference issues.)

"The majority of people would not want to see cell phones on planes," Kenny said.

To his point, as more and more revenue-hungry U.S. airlines, such as Delta and American, offer in-flight wireless communications, passengers are responding with mixed emotions.

Connectedness vs. Calm

While they appreciate the opportunity to stay in touch with personal and professional contacts on the ground, they are also reluctant to sacrifice calm for connectedness.

Both Delta and American use Aircell's in-flight Internet service to turn their aircraft into flying Wi-Fi hotspots. But though Aircell is capable of enabling voice services, it says consumer preference is as much of a hurdle right now as the cell phone ban.

"The airline and the passengers themselves say they don't want that service," Joe Cruz, Aircell's chief technology officer, told ABCNews.com. "They want peace and quiet when they're flying."

And, as for the safety issue, he said that although safety is a concern, it isn't a known fact that cell phones have negative effects on navigation systems.

Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com and ABCNews.com airline industry columnist, agreed that hard evidence backing up the ban is scarce.

"It's a myth," Seaney said. "It's a suggestion more than an edict. ... I think it's a fear of the unknown."

Still, he continued, customers don't necessarily want "yellular" service on airplanes and all the noise they expect it to bring. But, even so, if the airlines see green, it could get the green light.

"People hate it, but it's money for the airlines," he said. "The bottom line is it's going to be on airlines in the next four to five years."

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