FCC blocks proposal to allow cellphone calls on airplanes

Bradley Wint
Apr 10, 2017 6:54pm AST
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, has blocked the 2013 proposal to allow cellphone calling on airplanes during flight.

Pai may not be in everyone’s good books because of his questionable decisions during his short time in power, but this is one decision most of us can definitely agree makes sense.

I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes.  I do not believe that moving forward with this plan is in the public interest.  Taking it off the table permanently will be a victory for Americans across the country who, like me, value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet.

In theory, the FCC really shouldn’t be meddling in cases like this as there is little to no evidence supporting cellphone interference with airplane avionics, but it’s just one of those decisions that had to be made given how little U.S. based airlines really care about their passengers.

If the decision were up to the airline execs, they may have easily allowed it to some extent given that it could mean for WiFi data purchases for VoIP calling, and more money in the bank at the end of the day.

However, many flight attendants and pilots also strongly disapproved off the motion, given how annoying it could be to deal with blabbermouth passengers who would prioritize their phone calls over the comfort of surrounding passengers and crew members.

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