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
Delta, Southwest, JetBlue: No Phone Calls Mid-Flight
A passenger checks her cell phone before a flight in Boston.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

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. (More Delta Air Lines stories.)

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