Travel: Goodbye, Quiet Air

An airline flight has long been a blessing to the harried—a quiet interlude aloft, away from the ringing of the telephone.

Goodbye to all that. By early summer, complete air-ground telephone service is expected to be available to airlines on routes east of the Mississippi and north of Virginia; and within three years, pending FCC approval, 72 transmission stations across the nation should make in-flight telephoning commonplace on U.S. flights.

Last week the Bell System began construction of five ground antenna stations in New York, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Massachusetts. Similar stations are already operating on an experimental basis in...

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