The FCC might think it’s ok for people to talk on their cell phones during flights, but Delta CEO Richard Anderson doesn’t really agree. According to a company-wide memo sent out this week to all 80,000 of the company’s employees, cell phone calls will absolutely not be permitted during flights any time in the near future.
The ban doesn’t extend to the use of phones or mobile devices for other kinds of communication; you will be allowed to use email, send texts and do just about anything except for making voice calls. As concerns over the safety of using phones during flights are being laid to rest, it is more a respect for personal space which motivates this ban.
When the FCC recently proposed lifting the ban on phone calls during flights, the idea was met by no small amount of resistance from a lot of people. Whilst many will be happy to allow texting or internet use, the idea of being stuck on a plane next to a 3-hour cell phone call seems to set most people’s teeth on edge.
Although there has been a lot of talk about the FCC lifting the ban on cell phone use on planes, the Department of Transportation will actually have the last say in the matter. Once they have signed off on the initiative, individual airlines will be able to decide what to do at their own discretion.