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Delta says no to in-flight cell calls

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Delta Air Lines says it won’t allow cell phone use during flights reported the Los Angeles Times on December 19, 2013.

In a memo to all Delta employees, Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, expressed his views and the airline’s stance on in-flight cell phone use, regardless of any future decisions by the Federal Communications Commission.

"Delta will not allow cellular calls or internet-based voice communications onboard Delta or Delta Connection flights," Anderson wrote.

"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. Delta employees, particularly our in-flight crews, have told us definitively that they are not in favor of voice calls onboard."

Anderson clarified that “silent data transmission,” such as e-mail and texting would be permitted.

Southwest Airlines and Virgin America have also said cell phone use during flight would not be permitted on their flights.

United Airlines plans to keep the in-flight cell use ban in place, but has is still considering the possibility of allowing in-flight cell use on flights.

No statement has been issued by American Airlines on the carrier's future in-flight cell phone policy.

Last week the FCC voted to consider removing the ban on in-flight cell phone use.

Passenger safety concerns have flight attendant unions in opposition to lifting the ban.

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