US Department of Transportation may allow phone calls on flights, are you on board?

US Department of Transportation may allow phone calls on flights, are you on board?
The Department of Transportation considers waiving its restrictions on in-flight phone calls, and is looking for industry, as well as passenger input on the matter. Needless to say, it will be left up to the airline, and even up to the particular flight in more granular detail to decide whether they will lift the ban on airborne calls, plus there will have to be an announcement before take-off whether that flight permits calls.

Even then, it might take many months and even a year or two until the process of lifting call restrictions is complete, but, still, the reactions are pretty telling. Comments range from the level-headed "I'll have to invest in noise cancelling headphones" through the realistic "you'll have to listen to..."We're about to land...Were flying over our neighborhood... Can you see me waving?" to the more ominous "You are stuck in an aluminum tube 5 miles above the earth listening to an a**hole for 5 hours."

That is why we wanted to gauge your opinion on the matter, as the DoT and aviation experts are also taking passenger input on the matter as part of the discussion process on the way to a final decision whether to lift the in-flight phone calls ban or not. Take your pick in the poll below, and tell us what you think about this undertaking.

US Department of Transportation may allow phone calls on flights, are you on board?

Not worried, who talks instead of chats these days
27.37%
I hope the ban stays in place, or I'm noise-canceling it all
21.85%
Noooooo
50.77%

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16 Comments

1. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

I don't think its worth the passenger on passenger fall out that will in fact occur more frequently than ever before.

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Yea no. Lets not do this.

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

A quiet pleasant flight. Crying babies are bad enough. Listening to someone yap into their phone for hours does not sound appealing at all.

8. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This. And some people are always louder than they should be. No thanks.

4. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Honestly, I think maybe allowing a 2 minute conversation would be ok but anymore then that no....I definately think texting should be allowed, just my opinion!

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

give an inch and they will take a mile

5. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Block voice calls and only allow text messaging. The noise of the jet engines and especially crying kids is more than I can handle, we don't need annoying people chitchatting with their relatives ans friends on a flight.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

While I know that most people text rather than call, there are so many people who have the earpiece on their phone at max volume. I don't want to hear the person next to me on the phone, much less hear what the other person is saying. But since it's going to be left up to the individual airlines, they are going to allow it, and use it as a "benefit" to flying on their airline.

7. hellboy69

Posts: 3; Member since: May 26, 2015

If you add Noooooo (Vadar Voice) would have gotten so much more vote. Anyway it is bad enough now a days traveling by plane, now you get a additional person next to you talking how they love their new manicure for a few hours.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it's an obvious "Noooooo" for me :D

10. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Should not be allowed on planes, in restaurants or in movie theaters.

12. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

HELL NOOOOOO...

13. tfpritchjrEMT

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

Flying is already purely miserable! Fist fights in a confined space, what could be better?

14. Brewski

Posts: 691; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I couldn't even care about this. I sleep most of the time anyway or if it's a short flight and not enough time for a nap then the brevity wouldn't allow for a long conversation, so again, a non-issue.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But what if you are trying to sleep and the person in back, in front and on both sides of you are on the phone, don't think you will get much sleep.

16. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Nice and quite flight is so much better, keep it that way please.

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