Travelers debate possible FCC change allowing in-flight calls

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The FCC is considering reversing its in-flight cell phone ban, an announcement that sparked debate among travelers and industry officials.

“It would give me a lot of anxiety with people constantly on their phones talking,” said Malaysia Pickett, a traveler.

“Someone having a conversation next to you for hours would make me nuts,” George Bonham, another traveler.

The proposal does have its fans, too–and some said it would make their jobs easier.

“I’m fine with it,” said Stephen Hatton.

“I think it would be helpful to have a wireless connection for emails,” said Joe Sorg.

The proposal has been considered before.  Concerns about possible harmful interference with other wireless networks have raised serious concerns in the past even though in-flight calls are allowed in some parts of the World.

The FCC chairman has said in a statement,  “Modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably,  and the time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules. ”

“I just hope it stays safe it can be good and bad,” said Ally Reyes.

“It could be a lot more challenging with all the extra conversations going on, but it’s worth it when traveling with a little one,” said Jaime Sorg.

The airlines will make the final decision about the phones even if the ban is lifted.

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