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Your 7-year fear of Americans legally getting to make in-flight calls has come to an end

The subsequent time you get on a aircraft, you’ll most likely have a lot of new issues to fear about, however having to hear to folks speaking on the cellphone received’t be one. Way again in 2013, the FCC announced that it could be contemplating eradicating a ban on passengers making cellphone calls as soon as the aircraft was above 10,000 toes. The proposal was unpopular even inside the FCC, with then-Chairman Tom Wheeler saying he would like folks not be allowed to make calls on a aircraft.

The FCC initially introduced that it could be contemplating the proposal on December 12 (of 2013), but it surely took until today to attain a verdict (via Boing Boing): no. The determination cites “strong opposition,” particularly amongst pilots and flight attendants, claiming that the proposal “[failed] to address significant safety and national security concerns.”

There are additionally considerations that the proposal would make flights much less nice to be on. One of the letters referenced by the FCC was filed by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), and says that the proposal “jeopardize[s] safety and comfort on board our aircraft.” This can also be the sentiment I’ve gathered from the public comments I’ve read: who desires to add “many people talking loudly on their phones” to the record of horrible airplane noises?

Over 1,300 folks commented on the proposal, with many expressing that they weren’t enthusiastic about having to hear folks discuss on their cellphone.

Even although it took seven years, I’m glad the FCC is taking what appears to be the clearly right step right here. Like the AFPA says, “just because something is technically feasible does not automatically mean it should be considered for public policy.” In different phrases: even if you can, it doesn’t imply it’s best to.

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