PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Since 2013, the Federal Communications Commission has been considering allowing airline passengers to make phone calls in mid-flight. Now, it appears that plan has been quashed.
Calling the proposal ‘ill-conceived,’ FCC chairman Ajit Pai says he wants to take it off the table for good. It would be a ‘victory,’ in his words, for those who ‘value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet.’READ MORE: Police Asking For Help Identifying Man Wanted In Strawberry Mansion Hit-And-Run That Killed 8-Year-Old Boy
Pai’s predecessor allowed the plan to proceed four years ago. Then-chairman Tom Wheeler said while he’s the last person who wanted to listen to someone yapping on a cell phone during a flight, the FCC is not the Federal ‘Courtesy’ Commission, and there was no longer a technical justification for the rule.READ MORE: Open For Business: Spike's Trophies Focusing On Wins After Dealing With Major Losses During Pandemic
Pai noted getting deluged with emails opposed to the idea; he cited one person who said he feared what he might do with his ‘cutlery’ if fellow passengers were on their phones.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Agrees To Equip All Officers With Tasers Year After Police Killing Of Walter Wallace Jr.
The commissioners now must vote on whether to kill the proposal permanently.