As the cell phone debate in the United States went on with the FCC first saying they would not allow them on aircraft, the Europeon Union was quietly moving to approve their usage.
While still not allowed it now seems clear that there are no roadblocks; notwithstanding the 70% of consumers surveyed who oppose them.
Now even the FCC seems to agree they are ok from a safety perspective and have concluded technology can not be halted at the door of the aircraft.
So airlines will have to make some decisions. Are they enough of a nuisance factor to make airlines say no to their customers who demand them? And unfortunately it is usually the high paying corporate ticket holders who feel they need them most.
Stand by for gossip in the sky.