The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to consider a rule change that would allow cellular phone calls during airplane flights. But the possibility of allowing in-flight phone service might be ruled out even before the FCC can take final action. US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said his department will consider banning in-flight calls. “Over the past few weeks, we have heard of concerns raised by airlines, travelers, flight attendants, members of Congress, and others who are all troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cellphones in flight—and I am concerned about this possibility as well,” Foxx said, according to Reuters. “As the FCC has said before, their sole role on this issue is to examine the technical feasibility of the use of mobile devices in flight… DOT will now begin a process that will look at the possibility of banning these in-flight calls.”     

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