And yacking for all: Transportation Department may permit phone calls during flights

And yacking for all: Transportation Department may permit phone calls during flights
Don't shoot the messenger now - the Transportation Department is mulling whether to lift the restriction on phone calls during commercial flights. One of the last bastions of modern day tranquility - the sanctity of the plane cabin against yapping seat row neighbors - may be falling soon. 

Granted, on flights with Wi-Fi connection you can already call with most any chat app, but if the Transportation Department has their way, those endless convos might just become legal and ubiquitous.

Thankfully, the DoT will be setting a few important safeguards in place - airlines will be able to choose if and on which flights to allow phone calls, and they have to publicly announce whether it is a yacking-for-all flight before take-off. There is still some time before the federal regulator makes a final decision, as it has to listen to input from airlines and passengers, then weigh all the pros and cons, but we don't like where this is heading one bit - after all, who calls nowadays, instead of chat in piece and silence for all.

source: WSJ

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5 Comments

1. vasra

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

And that is why you use deep inserting IEMs with 35 to 42 dB(A) of isolation. Blocks out so much more than noise cancelling headphones. Etymotic is a good choice, but there are tons of others:

2. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1244; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Oh NOOOO...

3. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

If you want to see an exponential increase in in-flight passenger to passenger confrontations go right ahead. There is so decent way to implement something like this without causing problems mid flight.

4. libra89

Posts: 2270; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Haha no. Not a fan. Really don't want to be forced to hear anyone's conversation!

5. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Also not a fan. Text and email yes, voice no.

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