Delta CEO Richard Anderson issued a memo to its 80,000 employees Wednesday saying it will not allow cellular calls or other Internet-based voice communications on Delta or Delta Connection flights. Anderson made the decision after listening to feedback from Delta's employees and customers.
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission formally launched an effort to rewrite the laws regarding the use of cellphones on planes. Making voice calls on planes has been illegal for decades due to fears about interference with ground-based networks. The FCC may make it legal and technologically possible, but it can't tell airlines whether they should offer in-flight calling services.