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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

Published Sun, Dec 15, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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[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.

Still, consumers are likely to soon be able to text, check e-mail and connect to the Internet on their cellphones while their flight is higher than 10,000 feet.

The FCC voted 3-2 to go ahead with its own measure to solicit comment on whether to repeal the rule on voice calls. But all five commissioners said they shared the public's doubts about such a change.

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