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Web Watch: In-flight phone calls

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

There are so many annoying parts about flying on planes-- shoes on, shoes off, no liquids, checked bags can't weigh more than 50 pounds. Now you may have to put up with your neighbor chatting on his or her cellphone.

The FCC is now considering lifting its ban on in-flight cellphone use for voice calls and texting.

The commission says new technology eliminates interference with cell towers on the ground. This was the reason for the original decades-old ban. Commissioners say they have been bombarded with letters from opponents of this idea, but they say they are focused on the technology and not what passengers want.

But Thursday, the Department of Transportation said it would consider banning the in-flight calls. It is looking into whether these calls are fair to consumers. A new bill in the Senate also aims to ban the calls. Airlines who allow phone calls in flight say they don't hear a lot of passengers complain because most of them opt for text messaging. The $3 to $4 a minute phone call cost keeps them short and sweet.

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