FCC Chairman doesn't like the idea of allowing calls in-flight

FCC Chairman doesn't like the idea of allowing calls in-flight
The report that the FCC might consider dropping the restrictions on in-flight cellphone calls has left a split public with many celebrating the possibility of being able to call family, friends, and the office while in flight. The rest of the public sees this as terrible, noisy chatter that will turn a relaxing flight into an hours long headache (although to be fair, the airlines have been known to do that all by themselves).

On Thursday, when the FCC revealed that it was considering a proposal to lift the ban on cellular calls and the use of mobile data once a plane levels off at 10,000 feet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was bubbling over the possibilities of removing what he called "outdated and restrictive rules". But by Friday, Wheeler had changed his mind. "We understand that many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes. I feel that way myself," said the agency's head honcho.

This was a typical CYA maneuver by a Washington insider who apparently miscalculated the public's response. Keep in mind that the FCC proposal does not force the airlines to offer connectivity to those flying. If the proposal makes it through, it will be up to each airline to determine its own policy on allowing passengers to use their cellphones for calls and to access mobile data at 10,000 feet.


source: FCC via Engadget

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10 Comments

1. Hassan420i

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 23, 2013

i agree,, it'll cause disturbance to the others...

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I like how in Japan it's not allowed to use a phone even on a train or bus.

3. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

really!? good info man

4. mturby unregistered

go to japan.

5. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

In Japan etiquette forbids the use of phones in public transportation. Americans should learn how to negotiate with others peacefully without the coercive power of law for a change. Perhaps Americans would even learn how to negotiate with other nations peacefully without inflicting mayhem and death for a change as well.

6. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

We already know how. There is no law saying you can't talk on the phone in the bathroom, and yet most people dont do that. Most people don't talk on their phone on the metro when I ride it either. Maybe you shouldn't jump to conclusions when you don't have enough information on the subject? More importantly, they're talking about lifting a ban that was put in place out of fear the electronics could interfere with the onboard systems, most of the world has the same bans. So far as I know the USA was the first one to get rid of the ban on using electronics during take off and landing, followed shortly after by the EU. I think the EU a few days after they allowed electronics to be used on take off and landing also decided to allow calls in-flight. Notice how the majority of the public decided they didn't want calls taking place during a flight. That would suggest the majority of people dont plan to call during a flight. Even the ones for this, most of them are probably like me and just want a stupid policy to end. I have no desire to call anyone on a flight, though I probably would text (I'm sure most people would do this as well.) Also, it would be up to the airlines to decide whether they want to allow calls or not. Maybe they would even set aside certain cabins where passengers are allowed to make calls and others where they arent? As for your last sentence, totally unnecessary.

7. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Actually, electronic devices have been allowed from gate to gate in Europe for a decade and in-flight calls, for about half a decade. The FCC is lagging its European and Japanese counterparts, as usual.

8. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/13/5101952/europeans-can-use-personal-electronics-in-flight Yeah, OK ;) I must've been mistaken reading that article. Not to mention it was the FAA who lifted the ban, considering they're the ones who monitor the air industry. Maybe you're confused because the FCC urged the FAA to allow the use of electronics (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/fcc-calls-on-faa-to-allow-electronics-on-planes/?_r=0 ) And I can't find any info on the Japanese version of the FAA allowing it, or disallowing it. So if you can find me an article or such on that, it would be appreciated. But your comment about the European Aviation Safety Agency makes it seem like you are either lying or misinformed.

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The FAA monitors the air industry in the US alone. A few years-old examples: Emirates: bit.ly/1aRZpWb Ryanair: bit.ly/1aRZrNM UK: bbc.in/1aRZyZS As for your last sentence, totally unnecessary.

10. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

When did I ever say anything about the FAA monitoring anything other than the US's air industry. The comment I made was clearly about the ban in the US, and I said the FAA is the one who handled it since they are in charge of the air industry....I figured you understood I meant in the US. The links you provided still dont say electronics are allowed on from gate to gate. (RyanAir: bit.ly/9GVMC ) Not to mention I asked you for evidence that the Japanese allowed electronics to be on and used the whole time. Thats what this is about....the use of electronics from gate to gate, in which (to my knowledge...and what I have been able to find so far) the US's FAA was the first to allow it. Stop moving the goalposts. The sentence wasn't unnecessary, it seems like you are genuinely misinformed. You thought it was the FCC banning the use of electronics on planes, think the Japanese allow it while providing no evidence...and didnt provide a counter-source to prove mine wrong about the EASA only recently allowing the use of electronics from gate to gate. However I didn't know they allowed cell phones to be used for calling on those airlines already. I could have sworn I read an article recently saying the EASA decided to allow it.

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