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FCC Begins Hearing Comments on In-Flight Calls

Sergey Ilin/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Are airline passengers ready for carriers to lift restrictions on cellphone calls?

That's what the Federal Communications Commission wants to find out as it began the first of two 30-day public comment periods Wednesday on this very issue.

Last fall, the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on the use of electronic devices during takeoffs and landings while maintaining the ban on calls during flights.

The FCC says there is little evidence to show that in-flight calls pose a technological conflict with planes but as it mulls lifting this final controversial restriction, there seems to plenty of public outcry against fliers potentially yammering endlessly on their phones during flights.

Polls have already shown most Americans don't support in-flight calls with the opposition growing stronger, particularly among those who fly frequently.

Written comments to the FCC have already starting pouring in with most warning against cellphone calls at 30,000 feet.

While carriers support use of personal mobile devices, so far none have given their seal of approval to in-flight calls.

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