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FCC Chairman wants to continue cellphone ban on planes

Mike Opelka
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In 2013 the Federal Communications Commission moved to remove the ban on cellphone calls on airplanes, and in December the U.S. Transportation Department was weighing whether to allow or ban in flight calls using Wi-Fi.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday that he wants to put an end to these proceedings, stating: "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. I do not believe that moving forward with this plan is in the public interest."

On today's "Pure Opelka", Mike Opelka approved of the chairman's remarks, stating: "Let the silence continue in the air." While cellphone radio signals are thought to potentially interfere with an airplane's systems, there is no doubt that phone calls all through a flight interfere with what little peace and quiet passengers might enjoy.

If the FCC determines that this is not a real safety issue, Opelka suggested that whomever wishes to create a cell phone airline, even a smoking airline, should do so because such options are "fine" in a free market. Opelka and many others would prefer the option of silence on the plane.

To see more from Mike, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “Pure Opelka” weekdays 7–10 p.m. ET & Saturdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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