FCC Chief: No cellphone calls on planes

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he'd like to stop a proposal to allow cellphone calls on planes.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he'd like to stop a proposal to allow cellphone calls on planes. (4/11/17)

WASHINGTON - The head of the Federal Communications Commission says he'd like to stop a proposal to allow cellphone calls on planes.

In 2013, the FCC considered relaxing rules in effect since the early 1990s banning voice calls on planes, and opened up the plan for public comment.

In a statement Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called the proposal an "ill-conceived plan."

Pai says he sides with many airline pilots and flight attendants who are opposed to cellphone use on planes. He says keeping the cellular ban "will be a victory for Americans across the country who, like me, value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet."

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