Sample Case Study on Use of Mobile Phone on Airplane

Use of Mobile Phone on Airplane


The emerging trends in the usage and the accompaniment of mobile phone gadgets will form the major part of this section. Opposing arguments based on different premises have been erected with each trying to outdo the other on the debate of mobile phone applicability on airplanes. Many firms have thus developed their own safety rules depending on which alignment they feel stands out (BBC News. 2007, p. 12). Cell phone usage in US airlines is restricted by the FCC. The reasoning behind this move is based on the need to ensure constant operation of the surface erected cellular towers. On the other hand, the situation was different with the Federal Administration Association issuing a green light for the passenger to freely use their cell phone once take-off is achieved but limited the usage during the land and take-off periods. This would later be reversed in 2014 by the FCC restricting the use of mobile phones.

This might be a bit complex, as it is further subjected to the predetermination by the airline that such gadgets will not cause harm to the navigation as well as the communication of the aircraft (Boynton, 2012, p. 102). Whereas the previously conducted research to help answer this debatable application has shown correlations of these gadgets with the installed component of airlines, a major failure has been recorded on the possible harm resulting from these applications. The innovation and subsequent installation and adoption of the picocells have seen rapid relaxation of these previous rules and mobile phones’ permissibility is now becoming inevitable. The rapid pace of adoption of picocells is attached to security increase, health risk reduction to lower levels, fewer frequencies of interference as well the safety of mobile phone usage.


The applicability of mobile phones on airplanes has become a daunting challenge from a global perspective. Many dissenting arguments have been raised depending on the ability and rationality of the stakeholders to come up with better policies. More pressure has been exerted by the passengers to be left free to use such devices and this has made some firms relax their safety rules with fear of losing their clients as a result of stiff competition arising from this bottleneck. The paper will be based on analyzing the current situation in respect to the available safety regulation put in place to keep this mess in control (Emirates, 2012, p. 57). The paper will then move a notch higher to take a distinctive position with the researcher’s viewpoint taking center stage and will aim at unearthing whether it would be dangerous to use these gadgets on airlines. This will be reached upon carrying out a rational cost-benefit analysis pegged at weighing the pros and cons associated with this phenomenon.

Researcher’s Position

Despite the easing of these safety rules currently by most airlines to allow the usage of mobile phones, the paper takes a different firm position and supports a total ban. Life comes once and as per research that has been conducted, several linkages have been made on the possibility of interference ranging from mere voice interruption of a crew as a result of passengers conversing on phone, which can lead to accidents (Civil Aviation Authority, 2000, p. 56). Even though one will argue on the lack of evidence-based scenes of such accidents, it is rational to be proactive than being reactive. It would be wrong to irrationally subject humans to experimentation by allowing the use of mobile phones until a crash occurs on the basis of looking for material evidence.

The researcher’s own view is in full support of the move taken by the FCC in January 2014 to ban the use of mobile phones. Future projections on the technological advancement that would see calls being routed via land-based networks should at all times be thwarted down. The reasoning that cell phones would no longer contact such ground networks, which is still based on testing may not work (Emirates, 2012, p. 71). Another great challenge as per context will be the incompatibility of various phone systems and this still adds to the projected disastrous situations that will consequently arise due to the permissibility of airline phone applicability. To add on the same, another shortcoming is based on the FCC’s stance that revealed how the system operates. Permissibility of such systems will be pegged on the continuous use of frequencies, and such operations will be in total contradiction to the workability of the frequencies (channel reuse system).


The paper is summarized on the basis of a strong warning to technology proponents that reactive strategies have claimed many lives hence there is an urgent need to adopt proactive strategies to solve this situation (Knutson, Nagesh, and Nicas, 2013). With this in mind, the only solution to solve this debatable challenge is to support the ban on mobile phone use in aircraft right from take-off through in-flight to landing. In so doing, we shall in a general perspective have appreciated the value attached to life. It is, therefore, in the interest of the utilitarianism framework to ban in totality the use of any Portable Electronic Device when flying. This should become an international law to curb the adoption of harmful policies aimed at advancing unfair competition by unscrupulous airliners.


BBC News. (2007, October 18). “Mobile phone use backed on planes.” Web. Mar 25 2014. Retrieved from

Boynton, C. (2012, May 29). “Virgin Atlantic to offer AeroMobile Connectivity.” Air Transport World. Web. Mar 25 2014. Retrieved from

Civil Aviation Authority. (2000, May 2). “Interference levels in aircraft at radio frequencies used by portable telephones.” Web. Mar 25 2014. Retrieved from

Emirates. (2012, October 4). Emirates offers first mobile phone service onboard A380 Aircraft. Web. Mar 25 2014. Retrieved from

Knutson, R., Nagesh, G., & Nicas, J. (2013, November 22). U.S. to consider cellphone use on planes. The Wall street Journal. Web. Mar 25 2014. Retrieved from