The Federal Communications Commission Thursday decided to move forward with a proposal to allow cell phone calls during airline flights. Meanwhile, the list of opponents to this controversial move is also growing.
The proposal to allow mid-flight cell phone calls took another turn toward reality Thursday with a vote by the FCC. The communications commission decided to delve deeper into calls during flights, although several commissioners said, for now, they oppose it.
"Given the anger the proposal has generated, I fear safety would be compromised," said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
"Like most Americans, I don't want people making phone calls on planes," Commissioner Ajit Pai said.
Indeed, polls have shown a majority of Americans don't want it. And even though he's the one proposing the plan FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler admits he's not that enamored with it either.
"I'm the last person in the world who wants to listen to somebody talking to me while I fly across the country," Tom Wheeler said.
But Wheeler told a House committee Thursday the decision should rest with the airlines and consumers, not the government. While Wheeler was testifying, Senators Diane Feinstein and Lamar Alexander introduced legislation in the Senate to ban such calls.
The proposal took another hit when the FAA's bosses at the Transportation Department announced they, too, want voice calls during flights banned. But, like others, they want to leave open the possibility that cell phones could still be used for texting and emails.