Poll: Should Airline Passengers Be Permitted to Place and Receive Phone Calls During a Flight?

By Paul Riegler on 3 November 2013
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The Federal Aviation Administration’s move last week to allow the use of electronicDSC_0016 devices anytime during a flight specifically carved out an exception for mobile phones, which must remain off (at least insofar as the phone functionality is concerned) once the aircraft leaves the gate.

As of last week, several airlines began to allow passengers to use smartphones and other electronic devices in “airplane mode” during taxi, takeoff, and landing.

The Federal Communications Commission, not the FAA, has jurisdiction over the use of phones while in flight and their use is banned to avoid interference with cell towers on the ground.

Nonetheless, the change in rules has revived the question of in-flight calling and Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, want to hear from you as to whether you would like to keep the current ban in place or have it lifted.


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