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Public Bombards FCC With Opposition to Phone Calls on Planes Before Comment Period Starts

Jan 13, 2014 10:00 am

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The Federal Communications Commission has yet to formally open a public comment period on a plan to lift a ban on cellphone calls on commercial planes.

But that hasn’t stopped Americans from venting to the FCC about the idea. Based on a sample of the nearly 400 comments submitted since mid-December, the public is staunchly opposed.

The 30-day comment period is expected to begin once the FCC publishes the proposed rule in the Federal Register. In the meantime, FCC officials said they would accept the comments already added at www.fcc.gov/rulemaking/13-157.

Many of the comments are tinged with anger, with opponents saying cellphone calls on planes would incite “air rage.”

“You want to see blood in the aisles, just go ahead and allow cellphone voice communications on aircraft,” one comment said.

Another person wrote: “There are many dumb ideas and then there is this.”

From Skift: Here’s a sampling of some of the comments that the FCC has received:

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