FCC mulls allowing in-flight phone use
Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are “outdated,” and it’s time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday.
Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said in a statement that the commission was proposing greater in-flight access to mobile broadband. The proposal will be considered at the commission’s Dec. 12 meeting.
The proposal would apply to flights when they are more than 10,000 feet in altitude.
“Passengers making phone calls could extend beyond a mere nuisance, creating negative effects on aviation safety and security that are great and far too risky,” the Association of Flight Attendants said.