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FCC confirms it may allow mobile calls during flight, but airlines have final say


The FCC has confirmed that on December 12th, it will consider a proposal that would give airlines the option to let passengers make cellphone calls during flight. But the Commission is also attempting to head off any consumer unrest over such a change, underlining the fact that airlines (and their customers) will make the final decision on cellphone use. it would leave airlines free to develop any in-flight phone usage policy they may wish, the FCC says. That position is reiterated several times during a FAQ that follows, with the FCC readily admitting, We understand that many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes.

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