On Nov. 21, The New York Times reported that the Federal Communications Commission will consider changing its rules to permit the use of mobile telephones and other wireless data devices during airline flights. The change is still months away, if approved, and would allow the use of cellphones once a plane climbed above 10,000 feet. However, the airlines would not be required to provide the service. 

Tom Wheeler, the FCC chairman, said if the new rules are adopted, the commission thinks both Wi-Fi and wireless cellphone data plans could be used. Phone calls could also be made. But many have voiced their opposition to the proposed rule change, including flight attendants, who said it would be a nuisance and a safety hazard. Some fliers also aren’t happy. 

We asked Business Record readers if they think cellphone use on planes is a good idea. An overwhelming majority of you want to keep your peace and quiet on flights.

9.6% (19 people) - Yes, I think it would be great.

85.3% (168 people) - No, I'd take my money to another airline before I'd fly on one that allowed it.

5.1% (10 people) - I don't care one way or the other.


"I think it would be great for commerce being able to communicate while in flight, but it would very annoying to other passengers who had to sit by anyone conducting business or just chatting with a friend. We may need to go back to the “ashtray days” and have segregated sections of the plane.”

-John Gilliland. financial adviser, Morgan Stanley


"I get more than enough unwanted intrusion into my life with people talking nonstop on them in public places. It is bad enough to have to listen to them in the waiting areas, let alone on the plane.”

- Jerry Pottorff, retired


"I would limit it to texting only. Some people are clueless, selfish and totally rude when it comes to the proper use of cellphones, and just a few of them will ruin it for everyone.”

- Connor Flynn, chairman, Lessing-Flynn Advertising Co.


"Who enjoys being annoyed by other people hearing them talk on the phone?”

- Dave Nelson, CEO, West Bank.


"I can’t stand to listen to people chat in public places on their cellphones, and being captive in a small cabin and having to listen to someone talk on and on would be a nightmare.”

- Steve Lytle, attorney, Nyemaster Goode P.C.


"Sigh.  I miss the old days of phone booths with folding doors that blocked sound from escaping.”

- Tom Schmeh, curator, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum