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Feb 11, 2014 2:47 PM by Chelsey Taylor

House takes step toward ban on in-flight

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee takes a step to ban all in-flight calls on airplanes.

Calls during flight have been prohibited for 22 years because of fear that they would interfere with cellular networks on the ground. However, technological advances have resolved those concerns.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he wants to repeal the rule, calling it restrictive and outdated.

He also cited an Associated Press-GfK poll released in December that found a majority of Americans who fly oppose in-flight calls. The poll found that among Americans who have taken more than one flight in the past year, 59 percent are against allowing calls on planes. That number grows to 78 percent among those who've taken four or more flights.

This bill has no impact on the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow passengers to email, text, surf the internet and download data during takeoffs and landings.

Along with this proposal to ban in-flight calls, the FAA issued a rule prohibiting airline pilots from using cell phones and other personal electronic devices during flight and other aircraft operations.

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