Continental Relaxes Cellphone Policy

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At least one U.S. airline is relaxing its policy on cellphone use by passengers. Continental Airlines announced it will allow customers to use their cellphones sooner after an aircraft lands. While departure and in-flight phone use policies will remain unchanged, the airline says the devices will be permitted for calls after landing pending approval from flight attendants. Apparently, the airline didn't need to wait for the results of an ongoing FAA study, which is examining what effects, if any, in-flight cellphone use will have on aircraft operations. The RTCA, an aviation study group, will investigate the problem and issue its initial report by November. If you happen to fly Continental in the meantime, enjoy the couple extra minutes of chat time.