DOT to Consider Ban on In-Flight Calls

The Department of Transportation said Thursday it will look at banning in-flight phone calls, a surprise announcement issued just hours before the Federal Communications Commission planned to discuss lifting its own ban on such calls.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement that his department has heard from airlines, fliers, flight attendants, lawmakers and others “who are all troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cell phones in flight — and I am concerned about this possibility as well.”

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