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. banasy©

    Proving once again that they've jumped the shark.

    November 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Yep right about the time they changed ownership and at the time Nicole Saidi left the blog!

    November 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol @ rupert, i believe that slogan belongs to 7~11 now!

    November 25, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Jay went to a psychiatrist. “Doc, he said, “I’ve got trouble.

    Every time I get into bed I think there is somebody under it.

    I get under the bed; I think there’s somebody on top of it.

    Top, under, under top. I’m going crazy!”

    “Just put yourself in my hands for two years,” said the shrink.

    “Come to me three times a week and I’ll cure you.”

    “How much do you charge?”

    “A hundred dollars per visit.”

    “I’ll think about it.”

    Jay never went back. Some time later he met the doctor on the street.

    “Why didn’t you ever come to see me again? Asked the psychiatrist.

    “For a hundred buck a visit? A bartender cured me for 10 dollars.”

    “Is that so! How?”

    “He told me to cut the legs off the bed.”

    November 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      November 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Psychiatrist

      Cut the legs off the bed? Now he's closer to the scary floor!

      November 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Lol ... Double *facepalm*

      November 27, 2013 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lmao @ bobcat, that was gr8!

    November 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    @bobcat, you have been missed. Lol on this joke, if it takes the doc a few years to cure him, that's too much money. He is better off with the bartender advising him,

    November 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the Mayor of the Internet

    What. Are you all still here?

    November 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rupert****

    This website is on life support

    November 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Naaa @ rupert, they took it off lifesupport now its just slowly dying off!

    November 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    Seems "This just in" is low on Cnn's priority list

    November 27, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    At least Cnn is consistent ... nice to see my posts deleted once again. Hello all

    November 27, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Consistently absent ya mean?

    November 27, 2013 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Absent as in no new stories?
      Happy Thanksgiving.

      November 27, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Hi, Mary.
    As you can see , it has indeed been a problem.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 27, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    Unfortunately some things stay the same.
    @ chrissy, Cnn has nothing I want to hear anyhow. 😉
    @ banasy, Happy thanksgiving to you too 🙂
    And to all the gang as well . A little update on myself ... I'm getting married next fall 🙂

    November 27, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Congratulations! To Phillip?

      November 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    No. His name is Rick. We meant after I came back from Colorado Springs. He treats me good ALL the time. Thanks Donna ... I appreciate it . 🙂

    November 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I hope you and Rick are as happy as my hubs and I have been.
      May you have a long and happy marriage.

      November 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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