Currently, Federal Communications Commission rules ban regular cell phone calls because of the risk of radio frequency interference. But that prohibition doesn't cover wi-fi-enabled calls.
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has said it will not allow cellular calls or Internet-based voice calls on its flights. The airline said its customer research and feedback "tell us that our frequent flyers believe voice calls in the cabin would be a disruption to the travel experience," and Delta employees are also not in favor of voice calls on-board.
The Association of Flight Attendants union is also opposed to voice calls on flights, saying a move to allow them "threatens aviation security and increases the likelihood of conflict in the skies."
When issuing the December DOT proposal and invitation for comments, then-U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a written statement: "Consumers deserve to have clear and accurate information about whether an airline permits voice calls before they purchase a ticket and board the aircraft.... [The] proposal will ensure that air travelers are not unwillingly exposed to voice calls, as many of them are troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cell phones in flight."
The agency said it believes allowing voice calls without notice "would be an unfair and deceptive practice."
To comment, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter docket number DOT-OST-2014-0002.
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