Anger over possibility of cell phone use in planes

WASHINGTON -- Some airlines and passengers are sounding off about a plan to allow cellphone calls during flights. 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on it next month

If the idea of using cell phones in flight takes off - don't expect Delta to go along for the ride.

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The world's second biggest airline released a statement Friday stating that they would not allow voice communication in-flight.

A sound decision in the eyes of passengers like Jamie Key.

   "I don’t want to sit next to someone who is talking on their phone for several hours. It would be awful," Key said.

And it is not just passengers weighing-in.  

Veda Shook is the president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.

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Veda Shook, President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
“There is no way to have a quiet car on an airplane. It is a metal tube thousands of feet in the air. There is no way for someone to actually have a private conversation and we have concerns about that,” Shook said.

If the proposal becomes a reality, passengers would be allowed to make phone calls and text messages above 10,000 ft.

In a statement Friday, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler acknowledged the backlash.

"We understand that many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes.  I feel that way myself.  Ultimately, if the FCC adopts the proposal in the coming months, it will be airlines' decisions...whether to permit voice calls while airborne," Wheeler said.

The airline industry has been exploring how to balance passenger's  use of electronics with safety concerns. 

Just last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cleared the way for wider use of personal electronic devices like tablets and e-readers.

Any rule change is at least a year away.  And before a final decision is made there will be a period of public comment, which has started almost immediately. 


  • Jeff Pegues

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