FCC chief Ajit Pai aims to keep ban on in-flight cellphone calls

It was in 1991 that FCC banned voice calls from planes.

Ajit Pai (Courtesy of twitter)

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai on Monday announced a proposal to keep a federal ban on voice calls over cellular service from airplanes.

Pai rejected a 2013 proposal that sought to relax rules governing mobile communications on airplanes.

“I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes,” Pai said in a statement.

“Taking it off the table permanently will be a victory for Americans across the country who, like me, value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet,” he said.

It was in 1991 that FCC banned voice calls from planes. In 2013 the FCC team led by Tom Wheeler, suggested for relaxing rules and after a 3-2 voting, FCC opened up the plan for public comment.

According to the USA Today, most of the passengers and flight attendants were against lifting the ban. John Simpson of San Francisco described the plan as “the worst idea ever.”

The new proposal will also face voting and is expected to pass with majority votes.

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