In-Flight Cell Phone Backlash

Passenger rebellion against cell phone changes continues to spark debate.
1:27 | 11/24/13

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And tonight, to growing consumer outrage when it comes to flying. The faa allowing you cokeep your mobile devices on. That was welcome. But when many heard phone calls on planes could be next, they said, please hold. Here's abc's david kerley. Reporter: On a plane, phone calls can be annoying. So, just the fact that the fcc is going to look at the possibility of allowing cell calls in-flight is leading to chaos in the cabin. Some things are really just a bit too personal and you don't really want to know. Can you hear me now? Reporter: The fcc acknowledges that most passenger oppose phone calls. And even the chairman says, "i feel that way myself." On the white house website, 2,500 people have already signed a petition to stop the fcc. Delta airlines polled its passengers and found two-thirds said no to phone calls. People are talking loud, i think that might be a little disruptive. Reporter: And flight attendants are adamantly opposed. I can just see it now, with a dozen people, can you hear me now, can you hear me now? And none of us want to experience that on an airplane. Reporter: Why such a negative reaction? Researchers found when you're stuck in an elevator or a plane and listening to a one-sided conversation, it steals your attention. Making it difficult to get anything done. Tonight, this is just a proposal. Even if approved late next year, it will be up to the airlines to decide if you can make a cell call at 30,000 feet. David kerley, abc news, washington.

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