The US FCC Thinks Passengers Should Decide If They Want Phone Calls On Planes

The US FCC Thinks Passengers Should Decide If They Want Phone Calls On Planes

Federal Communication Commission ban certain radio frequencies on aeroplanes, meaning traditional voice calls are prohibited, but Thursday, the Department of Transportation proposed the consumer should decide whether it’s OK to make wi-fi calls on planes.

Barack Obama talking on the phone on a plane in 2008 / Image: Getty

“Consumers deserve to have clear and accurate information about whether an airline permits voice calls before they purchase a ticket and board the aircraft,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “[We want to] ensure that air travellers 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 DOT proposed that airlines must disclose whether passengers are allowed to make voice calls on flights before tickets are sold, so consumers have the option to make alternative travel plans as to not cause “unfair surprise” or “harm.”

What do you think about phone calls on planes? Express an impassioned opinion in the comments.

[US Department of Transportation via AP Technology]

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