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U.S. to consider cellphone use on planes

on November 22, 2013

Gigaom

While flight passengers have been exercising the privilege of using e-books and tablets for the entirety of flights throughout November, it seems like the FCC is mulling over the possibility of lifting the ban on cell phone use above 10,000 feet.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, this will be the third time the FCC will consider changing the rules. The proposal has been shot down twice before, in 2004 and 2007, but it seems that they were both largely shot down due to the perceived nuisance of passengers taking calls on airplanes, as well as a “lack of technical information” about the risks.

While it’s largely been proven that cell phones don’t interfere with the safety of a flight, cell phones on planes have been part of a large social taboo — many see the friendly skies as one of the few places where phones…

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