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FAA mulls letting passengers make in-flight phone calls

November 21st, 2013 at 4:10 PM
FAA FCC In-Flight Phone Calls

Your flights may soon get a whole lot louder. The Wall Street Journal reports that just weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration eliminated electronics restrictions from flights, the FCC is now planning to propose that passengers be allowed to use their cell phones in the air. Cellular data would still need to be disabled during takeoff and landing, but after the plane reaches 10,000 feet, passengers would be free to make phone calls.

The meeting between the FCC and the FAA is scheduled to take place in December. If the two groups agree to enact the change, each airline will be able to decide whether or not it wants to implement the new rule. The biggest roadblock to this rule change might be the annoyance factor — no one wants to be stuck listening to a stranger’s phone call on a five-hour flight. The technology to allow for airborne calls does exist, but the patience of passengers and airline employees might not.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.




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