Sam the Deaf

Possible block VideoPhone during inflight

I'm Deaf, Travel, Wireless

To have videophone appliance on laptop like Z4 or P3 in airplane with Wi-Fi, it matches in heaven. We could call anywhere while in thousand feet up in sky. I have done it once a while. It was great.

However until someone mentions that there is new policy from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wi-Fi issues over the communications thing. Here is the last paragraph of “WiFi in the Sky” from the fact sheet:

While passengers are welcome to access the web, U.S. airlines offering WiFi service block the use of inflight calling using Skype or similar applications. This is not an FAA restriction; they are simply responding to the overwhelming majority of their customers, who prefer silent communications to the public nature of Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) calls.

That would include our videophone if steward saw us use American Sign Language (ASL) to make awesome communicate. They would probably panic and tell us to turn it off and use Instant Messenger instead.

Man, it would probably hurt the deaf community if there is more commercial airlines start to blocks every video conversation. I guess what someone saying on other weblog. That he or she thinks it’s like terrorist thing. That’s no fun.

Source:
FAA’s Fact Sheet
Video Chat on the Plane? Illegal? OK? Legal Gray Area?

Thank chevy57 for bring up the information!

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    In the name of safety – no videophones on flights. Oh please – this is getting ridiculous. I encourage everyone to contact NAD and express concern on this. NAD cannot continue turn a blind eye to this like how DOT discriminates the deaf from being truck drivers in the name of safety. Oh please!

  • Utah

    In the name of safety – no videophones on flights. Oh please – this is getting ridiculous. I encourage everyone to contact NAD and express concern on this. NAD cannot continue turn a blind eye to this like how DOT discriminates the deaf from being truck drivers in the name of safety. Oh please!