Delta would continue to ban cell phone calls in-flight if FCC changes rules
(WJLA) - While the Federal Communications Commission considers lifting its ban on passengers making phone calls while in flight, one major American carrier is already putting the brakes on the idea.
Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson said in a memo to employees Wednesday that even if the FCC lifts the ban on in-flight telephone calls, his airline will continue to ban them.
"A clear majority of customers who responded to a 2012 survey said they felt the ability to make voice calls onboard would detract from - not enhance - their experience," Anderson said in the memo.
The FCC announced last month that it was considering lifting its long-standing ban on the use of cell phones in-flight, with federal regulators calling existing rules "outdated."
Anderson added that flight crews have also voiced their concern over the possibility, with also factored into his decision.
Delta was among the first to adopt new FCC rules that allowed for the use of certain electronic devices in all stages of flight; a rule that was put into place by the FCC and FAA in late October.