Just because it’s safe to use cellphones on a plane, it doesn’t mean that passengers should call just to say hello.
That argument played out across Washington Thursday as one government agency moved a step closer to removing its prohibition of in-flight calls while another considered a new ban of its own.
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to start a months-long public comment process to remove its restriction.
‘‘There is a need to recognize that there is a new technology,’’ said FCC chairman Thomas Wheeler. ‘‘This is a technical rule. It is a rule about technology. It is not a rule of usage.’’
But the Department of Transportation, which oversees aviation, isn’t so sure that permitting calls ‘‘is fair to consumers’’ and will consider creating its own ban as part of its consumer protection role. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.