FCC Considers Use of Cell Phones in Flight

  • Nov 23, 2013 7:18pm GMT

The FCC has been considering allowing the use of cell phones for calls and texts during flight. In the past, the FCC denied the use of phones in flight due to the belief that it would disrupt cell towers on the ground.

This proposal comes hot on the heels of the FAA's recent lift on the ban of electronic devices during all phases of flight. The FCC will be working with the FAA to allow cell phone use above 10,000 feet, but not during taxi, takeoff and landing. The FCC plans on voting on the issue on December 12.

"It will be the airline's decisions, in consultation with their customers, as to whether to permit voice calls while airborne," said the FCC's Chairman, Tom Wheeler in a statement released on Friday.

Delta airlines has already announced that phone calls will not be allowed on their flights due to feedback over the years from customers. United and Jet Blue have stated that no decisions will be made until researching feedback from customers and crews.

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