Log in
E-mail
Password
Remember
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
New member
Sign up for FREE
New customer
Discover our services
Settings
Settings
Dynamic quotes 
OFFON

MarketScreener Homepage  >  News  >  Economy & Forex

News : Latest News
Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesBusiness LeadersFinance Pro.CalendarSectors 
All NewsEconomyCurrencies & ForexEconomic EventsCryptocurrenciesCybersecurityPress Releases

U.S. agency blocks path to in-flight airline cellphone

11/30/2020 | 12:51pm EST

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Monday it had ended a 2013 regulatory proceeding that had sought to lift the ban on using mobile phones while in flight on U.S. airlines.

The FCC said in 2013 it would consider allowing air travelers to make mobile phone calls and text messages above 10,000 feet, but never finalized it.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in 2017 recommended ending the proceeding.

The commission, in adopting the recommendation three years later, noted strong opposition from U.S. airline pilots and flight attendants.

The "record is insufficient to determine any reasonable solution that would strike an appropriate balance of competing interests," the FCC said in closing the proceeding.

Pai, in 2017, had said he stood "with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes ... Taking it off the table permanently will be a victory for Americans."

Some airlines offer Wi-Fi service that allow passengers to send text messages or browse the internet while mid-air.

Airlines for America, a trade group representing major U.S. airlines, declined to comment on Monday.

In 2013, the FCC said special equipment could be installed on planes to allow in-flight calls and said it had already been deployed successfully in other countries without incident.

The FCC under then chairman Tom Wheeler said there were "no technical reasons to prohibit such technology to operate" but proposed leaving it to airlines whether to allow mobile phone calls.

In December 2016, the U.S. Transportation Department proposed regulations to "protect airline passengers from being unwillingly exposed to voice calls within the confines of an aircraft" and sought public comment on legally barring the calls. That regulation was never finalized. (Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul and Tom Brown)


© Reuters 2020
Latest news "Economy & Forex"
01:32pNOC NATIONAL OIL : National Oil Corporation signs a contract for Implementing 2 projects to construct water Assembly Tanks in Jado and Al-Rajaban
PU
11:34aItaly pm conte says rome will use all available legal tools to make sure contractual commitments are met - facebook
RE
11:32aItaly pm conte says delays in vaccine deliveries amount to serious contract violations - facebook
RE
11:31aItaly pm conte says delays in vaccine supplies from pfizer, astrazeneca unacceptable - facebook
RE
10:46aDavos ski resort eerily quiet without economic talkfest this year
RE
10:15aBefore Filing Your 2020 Taxes, Here Are Answers to Some Common Questions -- Journal Report
DJ
09:56aENECO : The way is clear for a natural gas free Bospolder – Tussendijken district
PU
09:20aCENTRAL BANK OF KUWAIT : CBK Statement on Banks' Cash Dividend Distributions
PU
09:05aGreek foreign minister hopes for 'positive' spirit from Turkey in talks
RE
08:28aIMF INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND : Staff Completes Article IV Consultation Mission with Tunisia HTML File
PU
Latest news "Economy & Forex"