Frequent flyers hold their breath as the FCC continues to ponder lifting the ban on making cell phone calls aboard commercial airline flights. It was first thought that cell phone use could interfere with the planes operational and communication systems creating a risk to passengers and crew. Now, those risks are turning out to be a white elephant. Evidently, cell phone use doesn't interfere the plane as they said, so the FCC is expected to say "it's okay to call on the plane".
But 2 airlines, Delta and JetBlue say they may not hold the with the governments ban-lift and keep the rule as part of their own company policy. Their decision is based on customer and employee surveys where they say both groups of people feel cell phone calling would detract from and not enhance their flight experience.
Flight crews in particular are against voice calls on board. Similar surveys were given to passengers of other airlines including United and British Airways. United Airlines has not made a definite policy but says they will most likely keep the ban in place even if the FCC lifts it. British Airways already allows passengers to keep their phones and tablet computers switched on during flights however they cannot send or receive calls.
Most airlines agree that if the ban on calls is lifted, they may offer a compromise and allow texts and e-mails, but still no calls.