22-Nov-2013 10:41 AM

US Federal Communications Commission to consider increasing on-board mobile access

US' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler stated (21-Nov-2013) the agency is considering an increase in passengers' access to mobile broadband while on-board, stating: "Modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably, and the time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules." Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) stated the FCC "should not proceed with this proposal" with concerns aviation safety and the air cabin environment could be jeopardised. JetBlue Airways spokesman Morgan Johnston said customer feedback indicates passengers may not welcome the FCC proposal, although the carrier would ensure the cabin was welcoming for both those using mobile services and those wanting "peace and quiet" (Associated Press, 22-Nov-2013). The FCC will work closely with the FAA and the aviation industry reviewing the new mobile opportunities. [more - original PR - FCC] [more - original PR - AFA]