FCC Chairman and travelers see problems with allowing cell phone calls on planes
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:46:16 GMT —
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission says even he isn't a fan of phone calls on planes.
A day after setting off a uproar among airline passengers by saying the government might permit cellphone calls above 10,000 feet, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is clarifying his position Friday.
Wheeler says the agency's proposal recognizes that there is no technical reason to prohibit the use of mobile devices. Even so, Wheeler says he sympathizes with travelers who prefer no voice calls on planes, saying he feels the same way.
It will ultimately be up to individual airlines to decide if they want to allow calls or not, Wheeler says. Most airlines have said they would study the issue and survey their customers.
Travelers at the Hancock International Airport aren't fans either.
Alec Lawson was on his way to Jacksonville, Florida.
"I'm pretty certain there will be some loud talkers that will annoy old grumpy people like me," says Lawson.
Waiting for his flight to Chicago, David Samuel opposes the idea because of comfort.
"I try and get a couple of hours of sleep especially if I'm flying overseas, but even stateside it's nice to have that peave and quiet," says Samuel.
Waiting her flight to Anchorage, AL Hillary Graham opposes the idea because of courtesy.
"I feel that conversations short or especially extended would be distracting and kind of unfair for the surrounding passengers," says Graham.
As a Syracuse University student, Luke Lamble feels the need to stay connected.
"It definitely seems natural. I'm almost surprised it took this long. I would have expected it a few years ago especially when smart phone started to take off," says Lamble.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)