Delta Air Lines will not allow voice calls on any flights, whether or not the FCC allows them, CEO Richard Anderson says.
The FCC is considering a proposal to step aside and let airlines determine their own policies on using electronic devices in the air. In an apparent attempt to test the waters of public opinion week, the commission issued an open invitation to anyone willing to comment on the matter.
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Delta CEO Richard Anderson responded with a statement Wednesday, saying both his company's customers and crews are still cold on the idea of passengers chatting away into phones on flights.
"In fact, a clear majority of customers who responded to a 2012 survey said they felt the ability to make voice calls on-board would detract from-not enhance-their experience," he said. "Delta employees, particularly our in-flight crews, have told us definitively that they are not in favor of voice calls on-board."
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However, should the FCC overturn the ban, Delta will compromise by allowing passengers to text, email, or use their phones in other ways. Just so long as they do so silently.