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A move towards US airlines allowing in-flight mobile phone use has been backed by connectivity provider AeroMobile.
The US Department of Transportation’s advisory committee for aviation consumer protection has approved the recommendation.
If proven to be safe by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the DoT could let airlines make their own decisions on in-flight mobile phone use.
Kevin Rogers, chief executive of AeroMobile, said: “It’s promising to hear the recommendation from the transport department’s advisory committee for aviation consumer protection that airlines should be allowed to decide whether to allow voice calls in-flight in the US.
“Across the rest of the world, airlines decide whether to allow mobile phone use, including voice calls, in-flight and we believe this should also be the case in the US.
“We are hopeful the FCC will rule it is safe and secure to use mobile phones inflight and lift the current ban.
“We look forward to the outcome of this debate. We hope US airlines will be able to benefit from the same levels of onboard connectivity as their foreign counterparts in future.”