DOT Reportedly Pushing to Ban In-Flight Phone Calls

A Department of Transportation spokeswoman confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that the department is working on a "notice of proposed rulemaking" which will ban all calls at 30,000 feet. The DOT's general counsel said last week that the agency is pushing for the ban with the primary concern being "disruptive effects of voice calls rather than texting or other data use." The airline industry, however, is pushing to leave the decision in carriers' hands, as some might want to use their rules for competitive differentiation, the Journal reported.

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