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Department of Transportation Plans Ban on In-flight Phone Calls

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Following a Federal Communications Commission vote that could lead to overturning a 22-year-old rule preventing the use of mobile phones in flight, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it is considering a ban on in-flight calling. The Department of Transportation’s rule would take precedence... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

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MikeMohle
Mike Mohle 6
Excellent news. Imagine the fights on board EVERY FLIGHT when some loudmouth is on the phone for hours and participating in conference calls.
mattwestuk
Matt West 2
I totally agree. I recently returned from the UK and we were stuck in a holding area at DFW for an hour waiting for a gate at Terminal D because of problems with other aircraft. As we had landed, folks were allowed to use their cell phones as is common practice with US carriers. It was hell - a 777-200 full of folks, and even with only 20% of people using their phone's, I was ready to tear my hair out!
projectabove35000feet
PATFTF PATFTF 1
What about an area where it is enclosed and soundproof so people can make phone calls without bothering other people?

As far I a concerned with the airlines are not going to be happy about that since it is going to take out extra seats.
PhotoFinish
PhotoFinish 1
They're called first class suite. The airlines would be happy to sell you one at the going market rate.
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
That is one thing that is nice about flying... Some idiot beside you is not on the phone the entire time... That really pisses me off... Do not want to see people using cell phones in the air.
jdebender
Jim DeBender 2
Its bad enough sitting, no sandwiched, next to someone watching an "R" rated movie. Now I dread the possibility of having to listen to one side of an inane conversation all the way from Pittsburgh to Fever.

I foresee multiple arguments and lawsuits.
PaulN2719
PaulN2719 2
How about from Washington, DC to Seattle? That would be enough to cause some major "air rage"!
motreklaw
Tom Walker 2
The U. S. DOT is right in my opinion.
RRKen
Commuter railroads found a solution, quiet cars. How about flying Cell Phone class on the back of the plane. Section it off from the other normal people. And for that extra fare, you can yak to your heart's content. What's it worth? $40 per coach fare?
MikeMohle
Mike Mohle 1
$500.
jdebender
Jim DeBender 1
Make that "yak section" just beyond the tail section.
mohawk5
Dolores Allee 1
THE CELL PHONE ADDICTS, IF ALLOWED ON PLANES WILL PROBABLY BE THE LAST TIME I FLY.
I CAN HEAR SOME ONE SCREAMING NOW ON THEIR CELL PHONE, "HEY, IT'S ME, I'M FLYING
OVER KANSAS !! CAN YOU SEE MY PLANE !!?? IT WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE !!!
BECAUSE THE AIRLINES HAVE A FEE FOR ANYTHING YOU TAKE ON BOARD, THIS MIGHT BE
THEIR PEACE OFFERING FOR THE "IMPORTANT PEOPLE" THAT FLY AND HAVE TO SURE RON IN
MICHIGAN SETS UP LUNCH FOR BOB !!!!!! BAD BAD BAD IDEA
MikeMohle
Mike Mohle 2
Why are you yelling? Oh, yeah, so we can hear you over the other 115 people on the plane. haha
BobWithers
Bob Withers 1
@Mike...@Dolores makes the point EXACTLY.

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