Boeing said that it will add support for flyers to make phone calls during intercontinental flights on its 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner airplanes. Ugh. I like my plane rides quiet so that I can sleep or work on them. I can only imagine my next flight being like the Long Island Railroad here in New York, which is always loaded with people blabbing away on their phones.
Thankfully, local governments don’t have to make it legal just because the planes will be capable of allowing passengers to place voice calls. The Federal Aviation Administration currently bans anyone from using phones while a plane is in flight (or even while taxiing to and from the gate, in my experiences on most airlines). Other in-flight services will include Wi-Fi and live television, CNET said. Those features are already available on several intercontinental flights offered by various airlines.