Delta, Southwest, JetBlue: No Phone Calls Mid-Flight
Airlines decide before FCC makes decision on rule change
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2013 5:35 PM CST
A passenger checks her cell phone before a flight in Boston.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

(Newser) – The feds might soon lift rules that forbid plane passengers from talking on their cell phones during flights, but the airlines themselves are balking. Delta announced today that it won't allow such calls no matter what the FCC decides, reports the LA Times. The airline joins Southwest and JetBlue in the move, while American and United have yet to make a decision. Passengers in the no-call airlines will likely be able to text or otherwise use their phones, as long as it's not to yak, reports CNBC. Generally speaking, surveys of air passengers and flight attendants find that most hate the idea of allowing the calls. One critic even suggests a fee of $100 a minute to keep them short.

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Chuck Roast
Dec 23, 2013 11:43 AM CST
The Airlines should use cell phone jamming devices to enforce the rule. Yes you 20 something women you will not be able to text on your cell phone. HA!!
Dec 22, 2013 3:30 PM CST
Some people who use cell phones can't take a dump without being on the phone in the bathroom. They are so addicted to cell phones that they would probably burn to death in their house if it caught on fire and they were distracted by being on the phone.
Dec 20, 2013 8:00 PM CST
To me this falls in the discretionary catagory for the airlines. They use to allow smoking on aircraft after takeoff. Then they had smoking sections or smoking rows. Phone use is not a RIGHT it is a privilege and when it's use interfers with others (which is every time) it should be restricted or banned...