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December 13, 2013

Just say no to cell flights

NORMAN — Seasoned travelers will remember booking seats in smoking or non-smoking sections on airline flights. Now, could we be asking for cell phone or no cell phone sections?

Federal regulators this week began the discussion this week on whether to remove the Federal Communications Commission’s 22-year ban on making personal phone calls on planes.

Earlier this year, the FAA lifted its own ban on using personal electronic devices like iPads and Kindles below 10,000 feet. Evidence shows that they don’t interfere with the plane’s operation.

A new poll says 48 percent of Americans surveyed oppose allowing cell phones to be used for voice calls while flying. Nineteen percent are in favor, and the rest are neutral.

Even though the technology allows it, etiquette rules should keep travelers from having to endure a fellow flyer’s personal conversation. On the ground, you can usually move away from the caller. It’s harder to do when you’re strapped in at 35,000 feet.

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