FCC Chairman puts the kibosh on the 2013 plan to allow cell calls on planes

FCC Chairman puts the kibosh on the 2013 plan to allow cell calls on planes
Back in November 2013, there was talk that the FCC was going to allow cellphone users to make calls using their handsets while on a commercial airplane. Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Varadaraj Pai, who was appointed to the post back in January by President Donald Trump, announced his intention to take the proposal "off the table permanently." This is considered to be a victory for those who were worried about having to hear conversations going on while stuck inside an aircraft.

Besides having to hear conversations at 30,000 feet with no escape (unless you call hiding in an impossibly cramped bathroom a place to hide), the airlines would have faced the potential loss of revenue from passengers whom pay good money to the airlines to use Wi-Fi.

Back in 2013, then FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said that even if his actions resulted in lifting the ban, it was up to each airline to decide whether to allow the calls. The FCC subsequently received 1,425 comments about lifting the ban and the majority was in favor of keeping it in place. And that appears to be what new chairman Pai has in mind. Unless you're willing to shell out some hard earned money to use the Wi-Fi network offered by your air carrier, you can forget about having a conversation while relaxing in the clouds.

source: FCC via Phonescoop



1. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

WiFi is not worth the money while in the air, especially when you're in the middle of the Atlantic and speed are at gprs level

2. TerryTerius unregistered

I severely doubt that this decision really had anything to do with wanting to keep airplanes quiet. Especially not when the airlines stood to lose some revenue.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

This guy only makes decisions that f#ck consumers and help the companies.

4. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

True, but would you REALLY want to be on a plane and be sitting next to an annoying teenager, or any other type of person who annoys you in particular, on the phone with his/her friends if you were trying to relax or sleep if it was a longer flight. I can't stand being in the same room with people while they are on the phone let alone a flying tin can that is otherwise relatively quiet.

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