Everyone knows that you’re not supposed to use electronic devices on planes while they’re in the sky. The toxic microwaves that they send out will cause all of the plane’s navigational equipment to explode and send the giant metal coffin careening into the nearest ocean.

Except not. That doesn’t happen. So back in 2013 the FCC began the process to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes. However, new FCC chair Ajit Pai struck down that rule, calling it “ill-conceived” and saying that he values “a moment of quiet” while he’s flying.

So this has nothing to do with the supposed danger of using electronics – particularly cellphones – on airplanes. Rather, this is about ensuring that flights remain peaceful and quiet. It’s something a lot of people can get behind, but part of it doesn’t sit right with me. Electronics were banned on flights for years because of interference issues, and now that those issues have been resolved, the FCC simply comes up with another reason we can’t use them.

Then again, this wasn’t a popular proposal back in 2013 either, so if it’s what the people want, who am I to argue?

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