The Federal Aviation Administration made a decision last month to lift the restriction on using electronic devices on all phases of flight. However, phone calls are still not allowed in flights. But that might soon change as the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to allow passengers to make phone calls on airplanes.
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The FCC's proposal, titled "Consumer Access To In-Flight Mobiloe Wireless Services," talks about expanding the consumer access and choice for in-flight mobile broadband. "Modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably, and the time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules," said chairman Tom Wheeler.
According to the Wall Street Journal, phone calls during takeoff and landing may still be restricted. The proposal, if approved, will only allow passengers to make calls once a flight reaches 10,000 feet.
Airlines will also be held responsible for deciding whether to implement the policy on their planes. Plus, wireless carriers will also need to install wireless equipments on planes to connect with base stations on the ground. The FFC has agreed to discuss the proposal next month.
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Source: Wall Street Journal