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Turns Out People Really Hate The Idea Of Phone Calls On Planes

It's official: Nobody wants to hear your phone calls.

They don't want to hear them on the street, or at work, or in the coffee shop. But it turns out they especially don't want to hear them while stuck in a giant metal tube flying through the air.

On Thursday, news broke that the Federal Communications Commission will soon consider letting people make cell phone calls on airplanes. Unsurprisingly, the prospect of having to sit next to some blabbermouth on their next commercial flight has some people very irritated:

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I don't think phones should be allowed on planes because do you know how annoying that would be?

— Mitch Kwiatkowski (@MitchKwik) November 22, 2013

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The airplane is one of the last save havens from obnoxious phone etiquette. They're everywhere else! No phones on planes! #orangeroom

— Fred Somers (@fsomers1) November 22, 2013

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FCC considering allowing cell phones on air planes above 10,000 ft. Big mistake. No need to listen to other conversations. Things can wait.

— Matt Roberts (@MattRobertsNY) November 22, 2013

Texting? Playing games? Surfing the web? All of these are preferable to making phone calls.

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Some people suggest airplanes create "no-calling" sections.

The airplane is one of the last save havens from obnoxious phone etiquette. They're everywhere else! No phones on planes! #orangeroom

— Fred Somers (@fsomers1) November 22, 2013

Flight attendants are against the move as well.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA issued a statement that it is against the rule change.

“Flight attendants, as first responders and the last line of defense in our nation’s aviation system, understand the importance of maintaining a calm cabin environment. Any situation that is loud, divisive, and possibly disruptive is not only unwelcome but also unsafe,” the union told Politico.

There's even a White House petition to stop the FCC.

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