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I'm Asking: Should Air-to-Ground Phone Service Be Legal?

I'm Asking: Should Air-to-Ground Phone Service Be Legal?

Currently, federal regulations prohibit travelers in the US from placing cell phone calls while in flight, but did you know that it is legal in 72 other countries? With the increased offerings of Wi-Fi 30,000 feet up in the air, the possibility of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls increases, too.

That's not (yet) specifically banned, but a current measure in Congress aims to outlaw outright, talking via cell phone or VoIP in flight. Now considering how annoying I find a person on the bus discussing the minutiae of her dating life in graphic detail, I can see the concerns here — there's always gotta be the one person who'd use this public space to have a loud, cross-country chat much to other passengers' annoyance. Still, as someone who's also wanted to confirm a pickup for a business trip (or call for delays and emergency updates), a quick phone call could ease peace of mind and would limit wait time after landing.

Share how you feel about this proposed ban and why in the comments below!

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mek123 mek123 6 years
From a legal standpoint, I don't see how they can ban them but I hope the airlines prohibit them...it would be so annoying to hear people YELLING across the country.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
From a legal standpoint, I don't think cell phones should be banned. However, I think that it would be nice if airlines requested that passengers refrain from lengthy phone conversations out of courtesy for other passengers.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
cell phones should be banned. the last thing i need on a plane is do have to deal with some d-bag yapping away on his cell.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
And, to go along with my thoughts on smaller government, I don't think it's the government's job to prohibit things because they are annoying.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I think it's silly that they want to make it illegal, but that's based largely on my overall political philosophy. I think smaller government, with fewer laws is a good thing. I would prefer that there be no law making using cell phones in-flight illegal, but that airlines maintain rules prohibiting it.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I like that you can't use your cell phone while you're on a plane. Some people like to sleep during the flight, so it would be fairly annoying to have to listen to your seatmate jabbering on the phone the whole time. And don't tell me that people would be considerate about it because we all know they wouldn't be.
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