Daily Talker: Cell Phones On Planes

Federal regulators say rules banning the use of cell phones in airplanes are outdated, and it’s time to change them.

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will will take up a plan to allow greater in-flight access to cell phones and mobile broadband at a meeting next month. Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the cell phone industry, says modern technology can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably.

But flight attendants and airlines say lifting the ban is not a good idea, and it’s not what passengers want. “Passengers making phone calls could extend beyond a mere nuisance, creating negative effects on aviation safety and security that are great and far too risky,” the Association of Flight Attendants said in a statement.

Do you think passengers should be allowed to use their cell phones on board a plane? Or would it ruin the flying experience for others? Leave your comments below.


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