FAA, FCC may consider allowing cell phone calling in-flight

airline9:50 AM – Not long ago, the Federal Aviation Administration removed electronic restrictions for passengers in-flight.  Now according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the FCC may allow passengers to make calls in-flight from their cell phones.

FCC is considering to allow phone calls in-flight, however, cell data will still remain off for the duration of the flight.  After a plane reaches 10,000 feet, passengers would be free to make phone calls at anytime.

The FCC and FAA will have a meeting in December to discuss this matter.  If this were to pass, no airline would be forced to implement this rule.  The decision to allow calls in-flight will be entirely up to the Airline.

The biggest factor that may be part of the discussion is disturbance and annoyance during flight.  I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want someone sitting next to me talking constantly (and loudly) on their phone for the entire flight.  That’s where the line draws.  Perhaps both parties can come up with a solution to this problem.

The technology is there to support this, but other passengers and flight attendants may not like the idea so much.

What do you think?

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