Which is more annoying in a long time flight – Goofy passenger, crying baby, or the person ahead of you leaning all the way? If your answer is all then get ready to welcome one more, as airlines could allow in-flight Wi-Fi calling under a proposal from federal regulators. However, under this proposal of Department of Transportation (DOT), you will be able to know before you get to the flight whether the airlines is letting passengers make calls during the flight so that you can make alternative arrangements.
“Consumers deserve to have clear and accurate information about whether an airline permits voice calls before they purchase a ticket and board the aircraft,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “Today’s proposal will ensure that air travelers are not unwillingly exposed to voice calls, as many of them are troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cell phones in flight.”
Possibly irritating for some
This could be very irritating for some passengers that the person beside them is talking loudly. Flight attendants are feared that this could lead to fights between passengers who are forced to listen to other’s conversations against their will, which, in extension, might injure the crew too. Some airlines such as Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines have no plans to allow in-flight Wi-Fi calling.
However, the proposal could die on the vine as there is still a 60-day window for comment on that initiative. So, it could be in your favor or the opposite. The time frame for in-flight Wi-Fi calling isn’t announced yet.