Despite the ongoing relaxing of rules by federal regulators regarding in-flight use of mobile phones, the airlines are now the ones to ground the prospect of using these devices for calls during air travel.
As a key illustration of this point, Delta CEO Richard Anderson is acting independently of what the FCC decides. As far as he is concerned, Delta is still a no-fly-zone for mobile devices.
“Delta has moved quickly when technological and regulatory breakthroughs provide opportunities to make flying better for our customers,” Anderson penned in a company-wide memo. “That is why we were the first to file our plan with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to allow customers to use portable electronic devices below 10,000 feet. Similarly, if the FCC lifts its ban on cellular use in flight, Delta will move quickly to enable customers to use text, email and other silent data transmission services gate to gate.”
“Even as technology advances and as regulations are changed, we will not only consider what we can do, but as importantly we will also consider what is right for our customers and our employees,” Delta’s boss continues. “This is yet another example of how we continue to have your back and how we also rely on your professionalism and experience to guide our actions and decisions.”
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