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US DOT may stop plans to allow in-flight cell phone use

US Department of Transportation is seeking input on whether or not to ban in-flight mobile phone calls

By Shane McGlaun from Aug 5, 2014 @ 7:05 CDT

Anyone who has flown on a commercial airline knows how annoying it can be when someone near you refuses to put up a gadget when asked to by the crew. I can only imagine how annoying it would be if airlines allowed people to use their mobile phones all they want while on a flight. As airlines are considering allowing phone calls during flights, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering weighing in on the subject.

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The DOT is considering the implementation of rules that would enforce a ban on in-flight cell phone calls according to the WSJ. The DOT is seeking comments on whether or not it should adopt a rule that restricts mobile calls on flights to and from the US.

The DOT is clear that there are no bans on in-flight calls in the works yet. Many of the major airlines operating in the US have already said they aren't inclined to allow phone calls in-flight. Things like texting or email would probably be allowed even if phone calls are banned.

NEWS SOURCES:Cnet.com

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