While the rules on using your phone on a flight have been relaxed over the years, there is still one thing you can’t do with your phone, and that is to make phone calls. The FCC and the FAA have toyed with the idea of allowing passengers to use their phones to make calls during flights in the past, but it seems that those plans have since been killed.


In an announcement by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, it seems that ultimately the FCC has decided against the idea. In a statement issued by Pai, “I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cell phone calls on plane. I do not believe that moving forward with this plan is in the public interest. Taking it off the table permanently will be a victory for Americans across the country who, like me, value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet.”

To be fair the idea was met with quite a bit of resistance when it was first announced. After all in such a confined space, the last thing we’re sure many passengers would not want is to overhear someone else’s conversation, especially if the other person has no social awareness and is talking loudly which could disturb other passengers, but what do you guys think? Are you glad this plan has been killed? Or was it something you were actually looking forward to?

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