November 22nd, 2013
01:17 AM ET

Speaking out against cell service on planes

Commercial air travel is already filled with annoyances like shrinking personal space, overpriced meals and frequent delays. For many people, there's one bright spot to flying: A forced break from making, receiving and hearing phone calls.

That could change with the Federal Communication Commissions new proposal to drop the ban on cellular connections and allow phone calls once a plane reaches 10,000 feet.

The FCC first pitched the idea in 2004, before the rise of the smartphone. The reaction from passengers and flight attendant unions at the time was loud and negative: phone calls on planes would be disruptive, annoying and a potential safety issue. The FCC decided against the proposal.


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  1. justathought

    The only thing that annoys me when others are using cell phones is when they are driving a car. I remember once looking into my rearview mirror at the car behind me; the driver’s hands were waving all over the place (he was obviously talking on his cell phone using Bluetooth)—my thought; this is not what they mean by hands-free!

    November 25, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    They keep deleting me for some reason.
    Please stop it. I have done nothing.

    November 25, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy, i guess no further proof is needed for confirmation on WHO the *ahem* person is who is doing the deleting. Correct?

    November 25, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't know, Chrissy, but it's extremely annoying.

      November 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Lol, hes cunning ya gotta give him that! He knows just how to push those buttons, even if it makes him look like a mental deviant! Btw, my daughter might finally be released soon from the hospital!

    November 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kenny Rogers

    What is that supposed to mean Chrissy?

    November 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    What is what supposed to mean kenny?

    November 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    What is what supposed to mean kenny? Half the comments have been deleted so youre gonna have to be a little more clearer on "what" you are referring too. I don't read minds and am not likely to start now especially with someone i don't know.

    November 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    It had to have been the infamous Augustus Snittle-Fink, the mad deletionist. He is notorious for such shenanigans.

    November 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    It is Marcus Hyslop-Nettlesmythe that is responsible, Chrissy.

    November 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Lmao omg! @ banasy, THAT is by far the best name EVER! Oh and btw ive tried to tell you numerous times, Melissa may finally be able to finally go home!!! Woohoo!

    November 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    She has been in there 68 days now and isnt much better than when she was admitted. And has suffered congestive heart failure just recently on top of everything else! Unfreakingbelievable!

    November 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Deleting me again? Why?

    November 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Wow. CNN has lost sight of those who really would do harm to this blog. Well done.

    November 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol only because HE is the moderator!

    November 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Either by being an employee or being a hacker! Either way @ banasy, they know and they are doing nothing about it!

    November 25, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
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