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Cell phone ban on airplanes could be lifted


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Could change be in the air for travelers?

The Federal Communications Commission is thinking about lifting its ban on cell phones during flights that would allow travelers to talk and text, but many people aren't happy about the idea.

WKYT asked travelers at Blue Grass Airport what they thought about it.

The FCC Chairman says the current ban against cell phone use in the air is outdated since technological advancements now allow in-flight phone use without creating interference.

Despite the advances, some flyers still say they'd still be worried if the ban was dropped.

“I do have concerns about the interference with the navigation and computer systems,” Takisha Walker who flies for work twice a week.

Some flight attendants fear that allowing cell phones would threaten the safety of those on board.

"Imagine 50 people on the phone trying to talk to love ones on the phone in an emergency, and we're trying to get them out of the aircraft before something happens," said Dante Harris, President of the Association of Flight Attendants.

Along with safety concerns, some passengers say the additional chatter would be too much to take in such close quarters.

“Between the phone calls, the phone ringing and people having conversations it would definitely create more chaos,” Walker said.

The Associated Press recently released a poll stating that 49% of Americans disagree with allowing the use of cell phones during the flight while 19% support it.


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