Last month, the Federal Communications Commission did something absolutely amazing. After years of prohibiting the use of electronics on aircraft, they finally allowed them. Tablets! Laptops! Kindles! Finally, as your plane slipped the surly bonds of Earth, you could touch the interface of your iPad.
However. Now the FCC has announced another change to this policy, and—warning—it is the worst. The regulatory body today proposed altering the rule prohibiting cell phone calls on planes.
That is: Soon, other people might be allowed to make cell phone calls on a plane. In the cabin.
In fact, making cell phone calls will be easy. If the FCC alters the rule, airlines will be allowed to install satellite repeaters in their planes, which will transmit voice signals to the ground. In other words, it won’t just be possible to make cell phone calls in the air, it will be easy.
Terrible times call for terrible measures. So I turn now to the FCC and ask: Have you no dignity?