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FCC weighs cell phone use in flight

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The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting a ban on passenger cell phone use in flight.

You still wouldn't be able to use your cell phones during take off and landing. But if approved, you would be able to make calls, text, send emails above 10,000 feet.

The current ban on cell phones is considered outdated. With new technology, antennas on the plane no longer interfere with cell phone towers on the ground. The question is, is it a good idea?

The flight attendants' union is against it, citing safety concerns. But what about passengers?

There is a concern about 'air rage' when people get annoyed with those who constantly chatter on their phones during flight. And another thing to make them unhappy: consider the roaming charges that will apply.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that a majority of Americans who fly oppose removing the ban, which has been in effect for 22 years.

The lift on the ban will be considered this morning by the FCC. If approved, it would still be a while before in flight calls are a reality because of the special equipment that will be needed to make it happen.

Learn more about the FCC's proposal here.

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