Cell phones in cockpit for emergency use ?

Date:         05 Oct 98 00:26:47 
From:         JF Mezei <jfmezei.spamnot@videotron.ca>
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OK, cellphones are a big no-no for on airlines. But it seems that the biggest
reason is because at altitude it "confuses" land-bases cell sites.

However, if an airplane were to loose all power (or all radios), would it
still be feasable to use a passenger's analog cell phoen to keep in touch with
ATC/tower ? If so, should it now become part of the "drill" for pilots to
request that a pax lend a cellphone as soon as problem is discovered just in
case they may need one ? (or perhaps have aricraft equipped with one charged
cellphone that works over the frequencies used by the countries the plane is
called to travel over ?