Flight cellphone ban gets great reception

Woman on phone in an airplane.
Movement to allow phone calls in the air fails to connect with authorities (Getty).

There's a small but strong list of things that can make a flight unbearable. 

A crying child, a relentless kick in the back of your chair, or perhaps someone assuming ownership of an entire arm rest.

And, had it not been for the actions of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, we could have been about to add loud phone conversations to that list.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration and FCC have been considering lifting a ban on phone calls being allowed during flights since a proposal was put forward in 2013.

The Federal Aviation Administration's chairman, Ajit Pai said it was a decision he was proud of and that the 2013 plan to reverse the plane was ill-conceived.

"I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America's flying.  I do not believe that moving forward with this plan is in the public interest. It's a victory for Americans across the country who value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet." 

Similar bans used to apply to data usage when onboard any flights including those in New Zealand.

Now rules around digital transmission depend on aircraft capability. Some airlines allow for use of their in-flight wifi when the technology is available.

New Zealand rules allow for inflight use of cellular devices as long as they are switched to flight mode or using inflight wifi.

So rest assured on your next flight you won't be woken or disturbed by a loud conversation about business deals or long distance love.