FCC Opens Comment Period for Using Mobile Phones on Planes

View Comments ()
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission is opening its 60-day comment period on whether passengers should be able to talk on their mobile phones during flights. (Published Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014)

    On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission is opening its 60-day comment period on whether passengers should be able to talk on their mobile phones during flights.

    But even before the official opening of the comment period, the commission has been flooded with feedback about the proposed change.

    Out of 400 recorded comments so far, only four have been in favor of allowing fliers to make in-flight calls.

    Those figures were pretty much the split of travelers that spoke to NBC 5 on Wednesday.

    Passengers overwhelmingly told NBC 5 they worry that on planes packed with people, there will be no way to regulate how long or how loudly those using phones may continue midflight conversations.

    "You're in a metal can up 30,000 feet in the air. You've got to be respectful of people's space," said traveler Greg Crow, of Dallas.

    Traveler Denise Harfouscian agreed.

    "When you're on a flight, you're all together and you don't want to hear everyone's conversations, really," Harfouscian said.

    But Prasanna Singaraju, a traveler that commutes from DFW to India, said the removed restrictions could help.

    "I think it will be helpful because, what happens is, especially on these early-morning flights, there's always a chance you're flying coast-to-coast. You're out of connection for like five, six hours."

    Airlines have also weighed in on the proposal. Delta has said no matter what the outcome of the FCC ruling, the airline won't allow midflight calls. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines agrees. But the new American Airlines is letting passengers weigh in before making a decision.