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FCC Chair Says Airlines Will Make Final In-Flight Call

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Nov 22, 2013, 5:06 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today sought to clarify the FCC's stance on making phone calls from airplanes. Wheeler notes that the FCC's role is technological only. "The job of the FCC with respect to this issue is related to communications technology. Technology is available and being deployed today on flights outside the United States that permits use of mobile devices on planes without causing interference to cell phone networks on the ground. These advances in technology likely no longer warrant – on a technological basis – the prohibition of in-flight phone use with the appropriate on-board equipment," said Wheeler. In other words, the FCC can only determine if modern plane-based calling systems are safe for use on American airliners. It is up to each individual airline, however, to decide if in-flight cellular calling is something they want to offer to customers. Wheeler also said the public has an opportunity to provide feedback on the idea. "We understand that many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes. I feel that way myself. Ultimately, if the FCC adopts the proposal in the coming months, it will be airlines' decisions, in consultation with their customers, as to whether to permit voice calls while airborne. We believe that airlines are best positioned to make such decisions. For this reason, our proposal does not impose any requirement that airlines should provide voice connectivity. We encourage airlines, pilots, flight attendants, and the public to engage in our upcoming rulemaking process."

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Tofuchong

Nov 22, 2013, 6:23 PM
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We understand?

"""We understand that many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes.....""

Yes, because as soon as you press the "Send" button on your phone, the plane EXPLODES. It's 100% true people, I saw it in a Rage comic.

These are archaic beliefs. I understand that lots of confused or misinformed people would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes becuase they think that in every situation, something bad will happen that will result in their deaths. These people need to educate themselves.
Tofuchong said:
"""We understand that many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes.....""

Yes, because as soon as you press the "Send" button on your phone, the plane EXPLODES. It's 100% true people, I
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I'm not worried about the technology of using the phone, its just going to be annoying.
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Damn, the plane blowing up. I don't want to be sitting next to some guy or gal going on about their nothing life the entire flight. MAYBE allow text messaging, but voice? Hell no. If they do, someone is going to blow his lid and strangle someone a...
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bluecoyote

Nov 24, 2013, 1:48 AM

Ways to make it happen?

Personally, I don't want this to happen. Keeping it banned by the FCC means airlines can't get sued for their policy. Trains have quiet cars that forbid this behavior, and busses at least get frequent stops.

But if this were to happen, what's a way it could work that wouldn't allow some jerk to ruin it? (Although most people do have common decency, I've certainly witnessed enough people on flights who lack it.)

The old GTE/Verizon Airfones were priced high enough to keep someone from yakking on it forever.
Couldn't have said it better myself. And if they do allow it, make it $20 min. plus $5.00 min federal tax. Similar to how inflight calls are handled now. If its that urgent, you pay. If its about little Johnny had diarhea, it will wait.
 
 
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