December 9, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing whether or not to allow in-flight phone calls on airplanes via Wi-Fi connection. Before any decision is made, the governmental agency is seeking your feedback (enter docket # DOT-OST-2014-0002).
If the regulation does pass, the caveat would be that airlines would have to let passengers know in advance that the flight allows for phone calls, because otherwise it “would be an unfair and deceptive practice.”
In 2014, this proposal was taken into consideration, with a “substantial majority” dissenting from the option, indicating it would be “disturbing” in a “confined space” to listen to others talk on the phone.
Let your voices be heard while on the ground, and potentially one day in the sky, by submitting your feedback to the DOT.
For comments, questions or concerns, please contact Daniella Soloway