The FCC may soon change their rules to allow passengers to make cellphone calls during flights, but they might still be banned if the Department of Transportation (USDOT) deems it necessary. While the FCC took steps yesterday that might allow cellphone use during flight, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that USDOT will consider using their power to ban calls through the FAA. However, if even in the FAA does ban calls, it doesn't really reverse any decision by the FCC, according to POLITICO:
Any regulation coming from the FAA wouldn’t overrule the FCC’s decision, which would deal solely with the technical question of whether it’s safe and feasible to allow cellphone use on airplanes.
The FCC's moves to loosen restrictions have been met with some resistance, with many customers, airlines, and lawmakers opposing passengers making calls. But the potential rule change would only say whether or not it's safe to make calls while a plane is in the air. This means that if calls are banned, people may still do things like surf the web, or send text messages. The commission says that in order to allow those things, they must investigate the safety of making calls during flights as well.
Secretary Foxx said that any move that the USDOT makes will be in the interest of consumers, as part of the department's role is consumer protection with regards to air travel. Both the FCC and USDOT Are asking the public, along with the airlines, to comment on any possible changes.
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