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Delta Says No to In-flight Calls, Travelers Split on Decision

Updated: 12/18/2013 7:05 PM
Created: 12/18/2013 6:56 PM KAALtv.com
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- You can already use  your iPad or other personal devices on the plane, but imagine if you could also talk on your phone during the flight. Right now the FCC prohibits voice calls in flight, but it's indicated that it might loosen those rules.

Delta announced Wednesday that no matter the FCC's decision there will be no talking on your phone during one of their flights.

Traveler Toni Reynolds says she spends a lot of time lately talking on her phone.

"We've had medical issues with my husband and we have a large family,” said Reynolds.

With all the people she has to update, she wouldn't mind being able to talk on her phone even when she is flying.

"Everybody just feels more comforted," said Reynolds.

But there are many that think the opposite of Reynolds.

"I do not like it, I don't think they should and I think it should be stopped," said Clara Swehle.

The FCC is thinking about relaxing the ban on phone calls during flight even though many think a plane is the worst place for them.

"It makes it a lot worse when you're sitting three in a row and people are almost right in front of your face," said Rick Barton.

A Delta frequent flyer, Rick Barton, was happy to hear Delta announce that no matter the FCC's decision they will not allow phone calls.

"I mean what they are finally admitting is that there's not really any electronic reason that you can't use the phone, I think it's just a courtesy thing for the airlines to say we're not going to let you use them," said Barton.

Delta says they made the decision after a 2012 survey where the majority of their customers said phone calls would make their flights worse.

"You hear other people's conversations and sometimes people say things you don't want to hear, and they don't care what they say," said Swehle.

But Reynolds says there's a way to avoid annoying others.

"You know you keep it under control, you don't want to aggravate people," said Reynolds.

She says with trips to the clinic for her husband’s treatment, there are times being able to make a call in flight would be nice.

"There are times when you really need to hear someone," said Reynolds.

The FCC is currently taking public comments about relaxing the ban. If you would like more information or would like to comment, we've posted a link to their web site under links.