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CNN英语新闻:美国或取消飞机上打手机限制

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西方已经被恶劣天气重创,导致俄克拉荷马城冰冷的路况及亚利桑那州和加利福尼亚州的洪水,还有内华达州的大雪
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We're getting close to Thanksgiving.

This is one of the busiest time of the year for travel.

AAA estimates that around 43.4 million Americans will fly or drive at least 50 miles away from their homes for the holiday.

Something to put a damper on some of those travel plans, the weather.

Heavy winter storm is making its way across the country.

At least five people have been killed in traffic crashes caused by the storm.

Once it gets to the East Coast, this weather system could keep Thanksgiving temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below normal.

Forecasters predict it will reach the Atlantic states by tonight or tomorrow.

It's already had an impact on the western half of the U.S.

Already, the west has been hammered by severe weather from icy road conditions in Oklahoma City to flooding in Arizona and California and snow in Nevada.

Now, the weather out west has been difficult and dangerous.

In California alone, strong winds downed trees and power lines in the San Francisco Bay area.

High winds are also being blamed for stocking the wildfire in Napa County.

And a man had to be pulled from the fast moving water of the Santa Ana River after a massive downpour in the San Bernardino Valley.

Plus, the system is expected to move east just in time for peak Thanksgiving travel.

It's time for "The Shoutout."

Which of these organization regulates the U.S. aviation industry?

If you think you know it, then shout it out!

Is it the FCC, UAW, SEC or FAA?

You've got three seconds, go!

The FAA, the Federal Aviation Administration oversees the airline industry.

That's your answer and that's your shoutout.

The FAA is in charge of airport safety.

It runs the air traffic control system.

It certifies the planes we fly in.

One thing it doesn't do, is decide whether we can use our cell phone on these planes.

That's an FCC, Federal Communications Commission, rule.

And it might be about to change.

An FCC proposal would allow cell phone calls while the plane is at a certain altitude.

This is not a done deal.

The commission has to have a final vote, and then individual airlines could decide whether or not to allow it.

But you have thoughts on this, and we want to know them.

If you're already on Facebook, you can talk to us at facebook.com/cnnstudentnews, or if you're 13 or older, you can share your thoughts on our blog, at cnnstudentnews.com.
 

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