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Saturday, September 5, 2009, 12:41 by Jose Philip

Aeromexico, based in Mexico City, Mexico, said it would allow passengers to use mobile phones on board its flights after Mexico lifted, on September 1, 2009, a ban on the use of mobile phones on board aircraft operating in the country.

Cell phone use now allowed in AeroMexico flights

Cell phone use now allowed in AeroMexico flights

In a statement, Aeromexico, also the biggest carrier in Mexico, said that flight attendants would be allowed to stop the use of mobile phones, if needed, while an aircraft is in the air.

Aeromexico, the main base of which is Mexico City International Airport, operates scheduled domestic flights as well as and international services to the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Central America and Asia.

The Communications and Transportation Department of Mexico said in a press release that the use of modern technology will see to it that using mobile phones and such other electronic gadgets immediately after takeoff and just before landing does not interfere with the cockpit’s navigation system.

According to Mexican aviation officials, mobile phones will be permitted to be used only during “certain portions of a flight” and that the pilot will have “exclusive powers” to decide when cellular phones could be used.

In addition, the passengers will be monitored while they make calls in order to ensure that too many passengers do not use their mobile phones at the same time.

Mexico revoked the 8-year-old ban on the in-flight use of mobile phones after discussing the matter with experts on flight safety as well as with pilots, engineers, flight crews and passengers, the Communications and Transportation Department added.

Though the United States still prohibits the use of cellular phones during flights, the European Union and certain other nations such as Malaysia have already taken away the ban.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – the agency of the US States Department of Transportation responsible for regulating and supervising all aspects of civil aviation in the nation – said recently that the FAA is “actively discussing” lifting the ban on the in-flight use of cellular phones. However, the Federal Aviation Administration had stressed that removing the ban “will not happen any time soon.”

US lawmakers who support the Bill called ‘Halting Airplane Noise to Give Us Peace’ are of the opinion that though they are opposed to in-flight voice communication, the expanding use of the internet on board “would render voice chat inevitable.”