FCC kills proposal that would’ve allowed in-flight voice calls

Seven years ago, the FCC said that it would consider allowing airplane passengers to conduct voice calls in the air. But fast-forward to today and that proposal has been shut down.

The FCC recently announced that it has terminated a proposal that would allow in-flight voice calls. In its announcement, the FCC says that there was “strong opposition” to the proposal, including from airline pilots and flight attendants.

As noted by Bloomberg, one group opposed to the FCC’s proposal said that allowing in-flight voice calls had “the potential for air rage” and these calls could not only distract passengers from hearing safety instructions, but could also divert flight attendants’ attention away from important safety and security duties.

Some may find the possibility of in-flight voice calls appealing, allowing them to conduct business calls or chat with loved ones while 30,000 feet in the air. These calls could be distracting for other passengers on the plane, though, and would have the possibility of leading to disputes that would have to be dealt with by flight attendants.

While many airplanes used to include a phone at your seat that you could use to make calls, they’ve disappeared as passengers have opted to use their laptops and smartphones over Wi-Fi to communicate with those on the ground. Now most folks are used to not making voice calls during a flight, and with the FCC killing this proposal, in-flight calling will continue to be banned.

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