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Calls decision up to US Airlines, says FCC

Calls decision up to US Airlines, says FCC
13 Dec 2013

In the USA, Federal Communications Commission chairman Thomas Wheeler has told airlines that it is their decision as to whether to allow calls aboard their aircraft. 

However, while Mr Wheeler said there was no safety issue preventing the use of mobile phones for calls, the question of whether it would be a positive move is a different matter, the AP reports. 

'When the rationale for a rule doesn't exist, the rule shouldn't exist,' he commented. 

But he then added: 'I'm the last person in the world who wants to listen to somebody talking.'

Many passengers agree. A recent Associated Press-GfK poll found that 59% of those who have taken more than one flight in the past year are opposed to allowing in-flight calls, rising to 78% for passengers who've been on four or more flights. 

Wheeler's comments come after the Federal Aviation Administration said it would be allowing passengers to use personal electronic devices at all stages of the flight. ADNFCR-408-ID-801672228-ADNFCR

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