FCC to consider in-flight calls

8:20 AM, Dec 16, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - Later this week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold the first of several meetings to review the agency's 22-year-old ban on in-flight calls.  The new FCC Chairman has called the current rules "outdated and restrictive".  But not everyone is on board with changing the rules.

A new poll from the Associated Press found that 48 percent of Americans oppose allowing cell phones to be used for voice calls while flying, while 19 percent support it and another 30 percent are neutral.

A lot of that opposition stems from passengers who are worried about being subjected to long-winded and annoying conversations impossible to avoid at 35,000 feet. 

The FCC Chairman has acknowledged that many passengers, himself included, would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes, but he wants the airlines to make that call, not the government.

The FCC proposal comes just weeks after the FAA lifted is ban on using personal electronic devices below 10,000 feet. 

The nation's largest flight attendant union is against the change in cell phone policy. They say the cell phone use could lead to fights between passengers.

So far, Delta Airlines is the only airline that has made it clear it will not allow voice calls. They are basing that from years of customer feedback on the issue.

Some lawmakers have already expressed concern over allowing voice calls in flight, with one calling it the premise for a new reality show, 'Cage Fighting at 30,000 feet.'


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