The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to hold a month-long comment period on a proposal to allow cellphones on airplanes.
Under the rule, airlines would have the option to install airborne access systems to allow passengers to text, email and potentially even make voice calls.
The proposal, however, does not require airlines to do so. It just gives them the option.
"Nothing will be different on your flight tomorrow," said FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler. "We're seeking comments on a proposal."
Meanwhile, legislation has been proposed in both the House and Senate to ban cellphone conversations on commercial flights.
Both measures refer to the confined space and say that numerous passengers talking on cellphones would be disruptive.
The legislation would, however, allow passengers to use their devices to either text or email.
To weigh in on the issue, visit fcc.gov.