Government close to denying cellphone calls on airplanes

August 4, 2014

Department Transportation DC DOT

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is close to formally banning in-flight calls, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A spokeswoman for the DOT confirmed that they are developing “a notice of proposed rulemaking” to be released in December. It is expected that this would state the DOT’s objections to passengers making/receiving calls.

Assuming that the DOT issues the proposal in December, comments would then be allowed until February by anyone before a final ruling is given. Even though the DOT has loosened restrictions on phone use from gate to gate in the last year, DOT officials are still concerned about the “effects of voice calls rather than texting or other data use.”

On the other hand, Airlines content that the airline carriers should decide whether to offer cellphone service.

In December, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)  drafted a bill with Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) that would ban in-flight phone calls.

Comments

  • Timothy Anderson

    What about VoIP? I am not sure what the issue would be with that. What about video chat such as Hangouts?

    • fatspirit

      “DOT officials are still concerned about the “effects of voice calls rather than texting or other data use.””

      • Timothy Anderson

        I see the explanation, but it is not clear to me what the effects of voice calls are. Do they mean some specific frequency range? Are they worried about the “magic that planes use”? Are they worried about the psychological effects of communicating with others on the ground? What are the effects that we are oh so worried about?

        • http://www.androidauthority.com/author/wneilsonjr/ William Neilson Jr.

          I would like to know this as well.

    • fatspirit

      So it’s still bad but not that much.

  • fatspirit

    It’s widely known that cellphones are destroying all the magic that planes are using for flying.

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      They can be freaking annoying under the wrong hands. If only the Federal Government could also ban them from all waiting rooms… that would be sweet.
      No body needs to listen to “Wheeeeee!!!” 50 times in just one minute.
      And don’t get me started on the idiot who kept losing on Glow Hockey.

    • dodz

      Especially this guy, dont let him on the the plane.
      or the magic ends

  • WilliamESanders

    On the other hand, Airlines content that the airline carriers should decide whether to offer cellphone service. http://num.to/264274489255

  • Lobbying Murica

    So which networks lobbied for this because they dont want to install the systems, like the way things are with their fat piles of cash, and hate everything sensible like net neutrality on both the web and mobile networks? I’m guessing all of them … Woo Murica /s