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Another regulatory hurdle for calls on flights

US Transportation Dept reacts to public outrage to FCC plan to lift cellphone ban
Monday, December 16, 2013 - 06:00
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In-flight chat: Several airlines in Asia, Europe and Australia allow the practice, but with rules about where the devices can be used and for how long. - FILE PHOTO

[WASHINGTON] The US Transportation Department said that it would consider banning the use of cellphones for voice calls onboard airplanes, a reaction to public outrage at a Federal Communications Commission proposal to lift a rule that has long forbidden the use of mobile phones during flight.