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Soon, you may be able to make phone calls on planes

Phone calls? On planes? Why?!

Aren't we already dealing with the back kickers, the crying babies, the passive-aggressive armrest warriors, the loud snorers, and the your-shoulder-as-their-pillow users?

Air travel today may offer many irritations, but at least that's the oneplace in this world where you can still escape phone calls. Well, maybe not for much longer!

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing that airlines have to tell you beforehand if the flight you're about to get on allows passengers to make voice calls from mobile phones.

Now we have to put up with THIS guy?

But don't go canceling your next flight just yet. 

You can't make in-flight voice calls on your phone using a cellular phone signal, but you could potentially make calls using Wi-Fi. If the airlines would let you. And they won't. 

So this little proposal from the DOT is to protect you if your airline suddenly changed its mind. The airline would have to tell you before you buy the ticket if Wi-Fi voice calls are allowed on a flight.

The transportation department is set to gather comments on the proposal, so it can decide whether a warning is enough, or if it should just go ahead and ban voice calls on planes altogether, whether through cellular or Wi-Fi.

Hopefully they'll settle this soon, so we can all go back to grumbling about that person in the row ahead of you who violently reclines his or her seat right into your lap.. Over and over and over again.

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