(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Communications Commission acted Thursday to begin a process that could eventually result in cell phones being used on airplanes.
On a 3-to-2 vote, FCC commissioners approved a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” the first step in any regulatory change; the agency will now seek public comment before taking final action to let airlines install equipment enabling cell phone use.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says there’s no technical reason to ban new technologies that allow cell phone use on planes.
But U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in a statement that he shares the concerns of passengers, flight attendants and members of congress, promising to study a possible ban. A Quinnipiac University poll shows support for that runs 2-to-1.
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