The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to lift restrictions on cellular devices during flights has been met with public outcry, reports The Washington Post.
The FCC announced Thursday that it is considering rules that would lift the ban on cellular devices at 10,000 feet, but keep current restrictions during takeoff and landing. If the change takes effect, individual airlines would be able to decide whether or not to implement it.
After FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a statement on the prospective rule change, a petition opposing the proposal went up on the White House website and the FCC was inundated with angry letters.
“During flights, passengers are forced into a restricted space, often for long periods of time. Forcing them to listen to the inane, loud, private, personal conversations of a stranger is perhaps the worst idea the FCC has come up with to date,” the White House petition said. “Just because we CAN use our phones at 30,000 feet doesn’t mean that we SHOULD be able to.”
The agency will consider the rule change at its next open meeting scheduled for Dec. 12. A majority vote of the commissioners is needed to adopt the proposal.