Airlines

Transportation Dept May Institute Own Restrictions on Cellphone Use on Airplanes

FCC has proposed rescinding its ban, which no longer has any technical basis

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As one part of the federal government looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently considering its own prohibition.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler told members of Congress that while his agency sees no technical reason to ban calls on planes, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told him Thursday morning that the DOT will be moving forward with its own restrictions.