“The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, people familiar with the matter said,” Ryan Knutson and Gautham Nagesh report for The Wall Street Journal.

“While phone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, the proposal would lift an FCC ban on airborne calls and cellular data use by passengers once a flight reaches 10,000 feet, an FCC official said,” Knutson and Gautham Nagesh report. “The move comes just weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration said it would allow expanded use of electronic devices during flights, as technical concerns about the airborne use of gadgets fade.”

“The proposal is scheduled to be discussed at the commission’s December meeting. If implemented, it would then be up to the airlines to decide whether to allow voice calls,” Knutson and Gautham Nagesh report. “When the FCC made a similar proposal in 2004, it received more than 8,000 comments. The FCC dropped the proposal in 2007 amid objections from flight attendants and other groups who said it would be a nuisance.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If implemented, headphones (to block out the insipid, mindless yammering from the doofus/ditz next to you) are going to be even more of an absolute necessity than they are today.