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Opt for cellphone use on flights in U.S. airspace

Opt for cellphone use on flights in U.S. airspace Chicago Tribune – By Adam Minter What would the friendly skies be like if you could use your cellphone on flights in U.S. airspace? Last week, comments closed on a proposed Department of Transportation rule that would continue the long-standing U.S. ban on in-flight use of […]

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Feds appear hung up on use of cell phones on airplanes “Tap don’t talk”

Feds appear hung up on use of cell phones on airplanes “Tap don’t talk” It looks like the government is more conflicted about cellphones on planes than most travelers. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Passengers — particularly those who fly often — […]

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House Committee to Markup Bill Banning In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

House Committee to Markup Bill Banning In-Flight Cell Phone Calls Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, February 11), the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will markup the Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on Mobile Wireless Devices Act (H.R. 3676). The bill would bar travelers from making cell phone calls on commercial flights—a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s recent proposal to […]

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GOP fighting cellphone freedom: Column

GOP fighting cellphone freedom: Column Make room for the Federal Courtesy Commission. (Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP) STORY HIGHLIGHTS The FCC’s proposal has sparked a political backlash in Congress, led by Republicans. It wasn’t that long ago that Republican leaders voiced skepticism of legislating etiquette. This fear mongering ignores technological advances and other countries’ experiences. SHARE 152CONNECT 15TWEET 13COMMENTEMAILMORE […]

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How would in-flight calling actually work?

How would in-flight calling actually work? Making phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air has been a hot-button topic of late, spurred on by recent comments made by Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The agency is investigating whether or not it should lift itslong-standing ban on making phone calls from a […]

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In-flight cell solution: Phone booths on planes?

By Chris Erskine Throw cellphones from the plane? Well, at least get them out of our hearing range, passengers say. A poll of nearly 5,000 flyers found they would strongly favor putting phone booths in planes to protect privacy if the FCC ultimately decides to allow in-flight cell use. The booths were proposed in an […]

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Delta and JetBlue: No voice calls on our planes

While the Federal Communications Commission reconsiders its longtime ban on in-flight-phone calls, Delta Air Lines says its own policy will remain as it is: no, no and no. And after it previously considered allowing in-flight calls, JetBlue has also decided to prohibit them. The FCC is considering a proposal to step aside and let airlines determine their own policies […]

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Congress Says No With FCC Set to Go on In-Flight Calls

Congress Says No With FCC Set to Go on In-Flight Calls Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t backing down on letting U.S. airline passengers make phone calls even as members of Congress and members of the public say, “No.” The agency tomorrow is set to take a preliminary vote on ending its voice-calling ban […]

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In-flight phone maker applauds FCC decision

In-flight phone maker applauds FCC decision It may be hard to hear over the din of criticism that has engulfed the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) decision to consider lifting its on cellphone calls during flights, but at least one person is supporting the proposal. Most of the voices that have be heard on the possibility […]

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FCC vote opens door to end ban on in-flight calls

FCC vote opens door to end ban on in-flight calls Measure passes by a 3-2 vote, paving the way for lifting the ban. Ultimately though, the Transportation Department gets final say. (Credit: CNET UK) The Federal Communications Commission took the first step toward removing regulations that ban phone calls while in flight. But FCC Chairman […]

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