Three weeks ago, the FAA lifted the ban on the use of non-transmitting electronics on planes below 10,000 feet.
Today, most of the major U.S. airlines follow the new rules. No more do passengers have to put their e-readers, tablets or video games away while the plane is taxiing, climbing or descending.
Now, the FCC is considering lifting the ban on the use of cellphones in flight. If approved, passengers would be able to make phone calls and text messages above 10,000 feet.
As of now, those activities are banned because the FCC was concerned the use of phones on planes could damage cell towers on the ground. Now, they claim, the technology has changed and don’t see any problems.
But I do. Can you imagine what it would be like to have a hundred people or more talking on their cellphones at the same time in an enclosed space like an airplane?
Let’s face it, some people get on their phones and become oblivious to the world around them. They talk louder on the phone than they would to a person sitting next to them. Isn’t passenger rudeness bad enough? Can you imagine what adding cell phones conversations would do?
And what about the noise level? Airplanes are already loud. Now add 100 or more people talking at the same time. I doubt too many noise cancelling headphones could tackle that.
I have no problem with texting. Let’s face it, it’s no different than sending an email or playing a game. But having an actual conversation? No thanks.
Let’s hope enough people complain to the FCC so they keep cellphone conversations on the ground.