Consideration to allow cell phone calls during flight

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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WICHITA, Kan. Restrictions were recently lifted on the use of most personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, now cell phones may be added to the list of permissible items. Federal regulators are considering lifting the ban on cell phone usage during flights.

The new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission says the rules prohibiting cell phone calls during flights are outdated. He says technology updates make the concept safe and reliable. The proposal would apply to flights when they are over 10,000 feet in altitude, but not during takeoffs and landings.

"I'd rather it not happen simply because not everyone has the same tone of voice when you're speaking on a telephone call," said Mid-Continent airline passenger Brad Shields.

"It's a good idea, I mean why not, you can call people and notify them before you land and what not," said Mid-Continent airline passenger Jared Koch.

"I don't think it's a good idea, I like the quietness of the plane ride, and it just interferes with everyone else's personal space I think," said Mid-Continent airline passenger Bill Evans.

Some fear the concept would allow airlines to charge passengers for the option to fly in a 'quiet' zone. The proposal will be discussed at a commission meeting next month.

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