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U.S. regulators looking at in-flight cellphone use

By Kyle Johnson,

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Communications Commission are separately looking into the potential lifting of regulation on in-flight cellphone use.

Secretary Anthony Foxx said the DOT will look to public opinion to decide whether allowing in-flight phone calls "is fair to consumers," reports Bloomberg News.

Many criticized the FCC after it talked about lifting the ban on cellphone use as it no longer interferes with current airplane technology.

Foxx added that he has heard from Congress, flight attendants and some travelers who are worried about the possibility of being trapped with those talking loudly on their cellphones as the FCC mulls lifting the ban of any cellphone usage. "I am concerned about this possibility as well."

The FCC has moved forward on having airlines install technology aboard airplanes to allow passengers cellphone use, according to The Washington Post.

Two senators, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), introduced a bill to strangle any attempt at allowing phone calls during flights.

"Keeping phone conversations private on commercial flights may not be enshrined in the Constitution, but it is certainly enshrined in common sense," Alexander noted. "This legislation is about avoiding something nobody wants: nearly 2 million passengers a day, hurtling through space, trapped in 17-inch-wide seats, yapping their innermost thoughts."

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