In a statement Thursday (November 21st), new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler -- himself a former cell phone industry lobbyist -- called the rules against cell phones calls on flights "outdated."
Flight attendants, as well as some airline officials, quickly objected, citing passenger surveys that overwhelmingly show fliers don't want cell phone calls allowed. Flight attendants and others worry that a plane full of passengers talking on their phones could lead to arguments and affect safety.
Still, even if the FCC were to allow it, airlines would still have the option of deciding whether or not to equip their planes to handle calls and data downloads.
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