Airlines Recoil at FCC Cell Phone Use Proposal

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The Federal Communications Commission is considering allowing passengers to use their cell phones to make calls during flights above 10,000 feet, but that's not sitting well with the airlines.

Airlines say the proposal is not a good idea and it's not what passengers want.
 
The FCC made a similar proposal in 2004, but backed down after flight attendants and other groups argued in-flight calls would be a nuisance.

A survey of 1,600 adults by the Federal Aviation Administration shows people are split on the issue. Fifty-one percent of those interviewed had negative reactions to the idea, and 47 percent were in favor.

While people want the ability to stay connected while traveling, nobody really wants to be trapped next to someone talking on the phone during an entire flight. 

"The only way I'd be in favor of this is if the FCC mandated that all those who want to use their cellphones must sit next to families with screaming children," frequent flier Joe Winogradoff said. 

One flight attendant union already came out against any change, saying that a plane full of chattering passengers could lead to arguments and undermine safety.

The FCC will take up the proposed idea at a commission meeting next month.

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