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FCC Removes Ban on Inflight Calling – DOT Working on Banning it Again


The FCC in the US finally realized that talking and using cellphones on planes is safe. The FCC just removed the ban against such use of cellphones for data and calls in the air. Now the Department of Transportation is working on their own ban for cellphone calls in the air. It seems like everyone is unanimous about not having people chatting next to them on the plane. I agree with that sentiment though airlines for decades had payphones in the back of every seat that were only recently removed.

In short it seems like data is going to get the green light while phone calls are going to stay muted. I doubt that it will stay that way but the constant march of technology is inevitable. It just saddens me to lose one more place where there was a momentary disconnect with the outside world.

via WSJ

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  1. DOT recognizes the need to continue to support Airplane mode on smartphones, like my awesome Z10! 😉

    Isn’t this just silly that the FCC and DOT can’t just talk, rather than sending mixed messages to users? Honestly, I think it is necessary to ban annoying conversations in the air, when space is so confined. It’s about respecting others – I like to sleep on long flights, but some folks just don’t know when to quit talking!

    • I believe one is concerned about a regulation that has nothing to do with people’s comfort but equipment malfunction in mid air, the other is about talking…I believe these are different topics but inseparable.
      I agree with both, use your phone but keep quiet…BBM.

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