The New York Times > Technology > Cellphones Aloft: The Inevitable Is Closer: "Federal regulators plan next week to begin considering rules that would end the official ban on cellphone use on commercial flights. Technical challenges and safety questions remain. But if the ban is lifted, one of the last cocoons of relative social silence would disappear, forcing strangers to work out the rough etiquette of involuntary eavesdropping in a confined space.
'For some people, the idea of being able to pick up their phone is going to be liberating; for some it's going to drive them crazy,' said Addison Schonland, a travel industry consultant at the Innovation Analysis Group in La Jolla, Calif. 'Can you imagine 200 people having a conversation at once? There's going to be a big market for noise-canceling headphones.'"