FCC taking public comment on possible cell phone rule change

CREATED Jan 16, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The FCC wants to know what passengers think about people being allowed to use cell phones during flights.

The commission voted last month to consider lifting the ban that's been in place since 1991. Yesterday, they opened up the first of two 30-day comment periods for the proposed changes.

The idea is receiving mixed reaction.

"No, I don't want to hear your conversation,” said Dorothy Taylor of Dallas.

“If you haven't taken care of your things on land, then when you're in the air it's too late."

Prasanna Singaraju commutes to India.

“There's always a chance that you're flying coast-to-coast, you're out of connection for like five or six hours, so it would definitely help us out," he said.

If the FCC changes the cell phone rules, it will be up to the airlines whether to allow calls mid-flight.