FCC mulls al­low­ing in-flight phone use

The Washington Times Daily - - Business - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports

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.

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