The DOT Takes the Next Step to Ban In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

By: | August 25th, 2014

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been openly pushing for expanded use of cellphones on planes, but reports are that the Department of Transportation (DOT) is making plans to limit in-flight cellphone use.

The DOT is pushing to ban in-flight calls, including receiving calls in the air, but games, texting, checking voicemails and emails etc. would still be fair game. The DOT is working on a “notice of proposed rule making” that will be presented in December, then opening up the floor to comments on the proposal until February 2015.

Once the FCC officially lifts cellphone regulations on flights, it will be very interesting to see how this all plays out.

While many people advocate using cellphones on flights, most agree they don’t want to listen to the person next to them talk on the phone for 5 hours straight.

Hopefully, we can find a happy medium that everybody can agree on … for the most part.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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