The FCC may have taken the first steps toward lifting the ban on in-flight cell use, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be listening in on any of your neighbors private conversations anytime soon.
At least not on Delta.
The airline’s CEO Richard Anderson sent out a company-wide memo to all 80,000 Delta employees, saying that Delta will not be allowing cellular or VoIP calls on any Delta flights.
However, Anderson did say that “Delta will move quickly to enable customers to use text, email and other silent data transmission services gate to gate,” once the ban is officially lifted.
As it stands now, the FCC has voted in favor of opening up the discussion to the public, but at the end of the day the Department of Transportation will have final word. And even after the DOT signs off, individual airlines will have the right to enforce their own rules.
For Delta, that means no phone calls.
Here’s the memo in full: