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US Gov Leaning Towards Blocking In-Flight Calls

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Aug 4, 2014, 7:39 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The U.S. Department of Transportation is preparing the legal groundwork needed to ban airplane passengers from making cellular voice calls while in the air. The government is no longer worried about the safety of making such calls; rather, it is concerned about the potential for disruption among passengers. The DOT said it is drafting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking it expects to publish in December. This document would officially state the Transportation Department's objections to the idea of airplane travelers making cellular voice calls. The DOT would then open up the matter for comments for a period of time before making a final decision. The FCC paved the way for allowing in-flight cellular calls in late 2013 when it decided the technical reasons for blocking such calls were no longer valid. Since the FCC dropped its objections, many in the public and the government have asked the practice to remain prohibited for the benefit of the traveling public's peace of mind. The DOT, and not the FCC, has final say over the matter.

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Aug 4, 2014, 1:37 PM


...is the perfect villain for this scenario. The airlines won't restrict phone calls. It's up to Big Brother. I think text messaging with phones on silent might be feasible. No way can we have two hundred passengers holding conversations on an airplane. Total chaos.
>>No way can we have two hundred passengers holding conversations on an airplane. Total chaos.

But I suppose its fine for them to do it on a bus. Care to explain the difference?

Aug 4, 2014, 8:39 AM

government needs to stay out

It may be annoying, it may be loud, but the government has no right to touch this if its not a safety issue.
Yeah, I don't really like it, but this seems like it should be up to the individual airlines to set their own policies. Just being annoying shouldn't be a reason to make something a legal offense.

By that definition, children should be banned fr...
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