DOT Makes Ruling On In-Flight Calls

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Almost three years after transportation regulators indicating interest in possibly banning in-flight calls, the Department of Transportation has made its ruling.

The DOT has released a statement confirming that they will not be placing any bans on voice calls, and that it will fall on the shoulders of airlines to disclose if calls are allowed in flight.  

Jean Medina, a spokeswoman for Airlines for America, told reporters that government doesn’t need to get involved in the issue of banning calls. “We have long held that this was not a matter for DOT to regulate, and we believe airlines should be able to determine what services can be safely offered in flight and make those decisions based on what is in the best interests of their passengers and crewmembers,” she said.

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Those who oppose the ruling such as, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International, said, “It threatens aviation security and increases the likelihood of conflict in the skies. It threatens safety for crews and passengers.”

The organizations president, Sara Nelson, blasted the proposal, saying that anything short of a total ban is “reckless.”

According to Politico’s Morning Transportation, Lauren Gardner and Kathryn A. Wolfe said, “unless the incoming Donald Trump DOT takes up that battle, the matter now effectively rests with the FCC and, eventually, individual airlines.”

Currently, some airlines allow in-flight calls that can be made over Wi-Fi.

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