Mexico to Permit Cell Phones to Be Used on Aircraft

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Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) has overturned a law passed in 2001 that banned mobile phones from being used on aircraft. The new regulation still forbids phone use on planes that have not been fitted with specific "in flight" cellphone equipment.

The law, NOM-019SCT3-2001 was enacted in December 2001, and was overturned following a meeting last August by the National Advisory Committee for the Standardization of Air Transport.

Several airlines, mainly in Europe have run trials of in-flight mobile phone systems, although a US Congressman, Peter DeFazio is trying to push a US law that would ban such systems being used within US airspace.

On the web: El Universal

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