A day after the
"We understand that many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement Friday. "I feel that way myself."
But Wheeler pointed out that the FCC is simply considering taking an advisory position, saying there is no technical reason to ban calls from commercial planes.
If the FCC adopts the new proposal, he said, it will be up to the airlines to decide whether to allow cellphone calls. That has been the position in the
The ban has been in place because of fears that cellphone calls from planes would interfere with the wireless network on the ground. Wheeler said technology available today makes such fears unwarranted.
The FCC is expected to vote on whether to move forward with the proposal during a Dec. 12 meeting.
"Delta has years of customer feedback on the impact on the customer experience and voice communications and the overwhelming sentiment is to continue with a policy that would not allow voice communications while in flight," the airline said in a statement.