FCC chairman says that airplane call restriction is outdated, DOT weighs creating its own ban

  • Article by: SCOTT MAYEROWITZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 12, 2013 - 3:25 PM

WASHINGTON — Just because it's safe to use cellphones on a plane, it doesn't mean that passengers should call just to say hello.

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swmnguyDec. 12, 1311:02 AM

No voice calls, please.

If they can allow and provide wi-fi, I'm sure there is an easy enough way to create a phone cell on a plane, and then transmit it to a phone network. Without that, cell phones don't work on commercial airplanes; they fly too high and too fast. That's why when you accidentally leave your cell phone on, when you get to where you're going the battery is dead; it's been searching for towers the whole time and not being able to latch on to any signals. A system in the plane would fix that.

But dear Lord, Please. We have to put up with all manner of indignities and the rudeness of our fellow people all the time and double on airplanes. Please don't make us listen to the personal conversations of oblivious loudmouths on the plane, too.

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overnunderDec. 12, 1311:39 AM

I hope that voice calls do not become allowed on a plane in flight. But rest assured that if you are sitting next to me on a plane and make a phone call, I will listen to every word because it will be far easier to listen than to avoid it. Let's just hope that you don't have anything confidential to say.

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applejeffDec. 12, 1312:03 PM

Will someone please help me understand why listening to two or more people carry on a conversation on a bus, on the street, in a plane, or anywhere else isn't a problem, but as soon as we are only allowed to eavesdrop on only half the conversation it becomes rude on the part of the person having the conversation? How is any of this different than the people in the seat ahead of you talking to one another? If someone is talking loudly on a phone or to the person next to them, ask them to keep their voice down - period. I jus don't get it.

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FrankLDec. 12, 13 2:33 PM

applejeff, actually I was reading my son's communications textbook, and was surprised that when two people talk, words are only a small part of the message, the rest is communicated by body language, so the talking is less "wordy" than on a phone. In addition, you only hear half the conversation which is really annoying. If you ever watch a game on TV where they are having audio problems, you understand the annoyance. Plus, for some reason people speak much louder on a phone than in person, I have to remind my wife of that.

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selfmadeDec. 12, 13 3:06 PM

People should be happy enough to now be able to text on a plane! How much of your conversation(s) MUST be done by voice while on a short domestic flight? I could see on international flights being able to make calls in a designated call area in the back where the smokers used to be, but seriously...Nobody wants to hear you yack about all that nonsense in your life nobody cares about!

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EbuddyDec. 12, 13 3:46 PM

You can't get up and go to a different place on the plane. Planes are loud. When you talk on the phone in a loud place you end up talking louder. Multiply that by 50-450 people on a plane and...well....you get the idea.

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jenibek73Dec. 12, 13 3:55 PM

Airplanes used to have phones in the seats for passengers to make phone calls? So how is that any different than talking on your own phone?

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unsinnDec. 12, 13 3:59 PM

AppleJeff - Why is this different than 2 people in the seat in front of you having a conversation? Because cell phone users don't just "talk", they "shout", and they tend to repeat the same sentences over and over.....I ride the bus to and from work every day, and there's always one of them on the bus, speaking loud enough for everyone on the entire bus to hear.

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