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You May Soon Be Allowed to Make Phone Calls While Flying

You May Soon Be Allowed to Make Phone Calls While Flying

The FCC is set to propose new rules that would allow passengers to make in-flight cell phone calls once the plane reaches 10,000 feet. Though airlines could equip their fleets with the necessary technical upgrades relatively easily, the new rule is facing a different hurdle—etiquette concerns. Southwest, Delta and Virgin America have said that even if the FCC allows in-flight calls, they would probably still prohibit them because customers don’t want to be sitting next to someone talking on their phone for an entire flight. A Delta spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal, that according to “years of customer feedback … the overwhelming sentiment is to continue with a policy that would not allow voice communications while in flight.” Maybe airlines could just take a cue from this restaurant owner, and offer a discount if customers turn off their phones and actually employ the concept of face-to-face conversations …

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