Riots in the skies, Federal-Communications-Commission-style.
Oh boy, here we go again. The fellas at the freakin' FCC are once again proposing that we be allowed to use cellphones in flight. Can you imagine how irritating it would be to have your neighbors yakking up a storm all through your flight? Mind you, some say you won't be able to hear them over the engines.
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Ryan Knutson, Gautham Nagesh, and Jack Nicas tag-team to bring us this "exciting" news:
[It] will pit the technically possible against the socially tolerable...but it would be up to the airlines themselves whether to allow...in-flight calls. [They] also would have to install equipment on their planes.
...Since 1991, the FCC has prohibited in-flight use of cellphones due to concerns that they could interfere with wireless networks on the ground. ... When the FCC made a similar proposal to lift the restriction in 2004...flight attendants and other groups argued that in-flight calls would be a nuisance. ... The Association of Flight Attendants [said] "There are far too many scenarios where in-flight cellphone use would have very negative effects on safety and security. ... We don't want attendants having to vie for passengers' attention during emergency situations." MORE
And Florence Ion seems pretty negative—perhaps her parents should have called her Ann: [You're fired -Ed.]
As if shrinking seats, hidden fees, and the fact that you’re trapped inside a metal tube with a bunch of people you don’t know wasn’t bad enough, [this] will make flying even more unbearable.
...if implemented, it would essentially create chaos. ... I can’t imagine that I would remain sane if someone started yapping away while I was trying to sleep in...a long, arduous international flight. ... Maybe some passengers will welcome...a mid-flight phone call; they’re probably the same people who gross out the rest of us by taking off their shoes. MORE
Nick Bilton, who has written extensively on this topic quips sarcastically:
The road to hell can be paved with wanting to read an ebook on your Kindle during takeoff and landing. MORE
But self-confessed rhetorician Robert Anhalt wishes everyone would lighten up:
We used to have phones built into every seat. ... People made calls all the time and everyone survived. Someone talking loud enough to overpower the sound of the plane is laughable.
...I fly all the time and there are plenty of things that are more annoying than someone talking. MORE
Meanwhile, Dirk Godshalk imagines the scene:
HELLO! GLADYS? I'M ON THE PLANE! I CAN SEE CLOUDS! ONE LOOKS LIKE A RUTABAGA! DO YOU THINK THAT MEANS ANYTHING? SO HOW WAS YOUR DAY? WAIT SOMEONE NEXT TO ME IS TRYING TO GET MY ATTENTION. EXCUSE ME CAN'T YOU SEE I'M ON THE PHONE? HOW RUDE! MORE
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