FCC: No, We're Not Going to Allow Cell Phone Calls on Planes | Droid Life. In a blow to United Airline customers everywhere, you will not, after all, be able to make cell phone calls on airplanes. So, if your friendly skies police are threatening to drag you off of the airplane because you are sitting in a seat while being a paid passenger, you will not be able to make that 911 call, or call your lawyer. I suppose you could ask the police officer to make a call for you while you are being dragged down the aisle. But, they will probably decline. Then again, while all the other passengers on the plane are video recording your plight, perhaps one of them will risk life and limb by violating the rules and making a call for you. Decisions, decisions. In the meantime, I will probably drive my car, which has a T-Mobile On-Sync installed, which has a WiFi hotspot enabled.