FCC Chairman says cellphone ban on airplanes is outdated

Federal regulators say rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are "outdated," and it's time to change them.

New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler says modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably. He says the commission will consider a proposal to expand in-flight access to mobile broadband at its meeting next month.

The proposal is already drawing protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others. They worry that a plane full of chattering passengers could lead to arguments and undermine safety.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently lifted restrictions on the use of most personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, but not cellphone calls, which fall under the FCC.