FCC considers allowing in-flight cell phone use

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The FCC is considering to lift the ban on cell phone use aboard flights. A ban has been in place since 1991.  There was a concern that cell phones would interfere with ground stations and radio communications.

Airlines could provide the option of allowing people to link to a tower on-board the plane, which wouldn't interfere with communications on the ground.  It would allow people start using their cell phones once the plane reached 10,000 feet.

The idea is already being met with opposition.  The Association of Flight Attendants says calls in-flight would be loud and obnoxious.

The proposed plan will be addressed at a FCC meeting set for Dec. 12.