Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) said he plans to introduce a bill that would require passenger aircraft to transmit GPS location data following the recent disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight.
"The technology that’s used to determine an aircraft’s location is outdated and presents a potential safety hazard to passengers," Stockman said. "My bill would update this technology, leave passengers feeling safer on board a plane, and not burden the airline industry and taxpayers."
Passenger aircraft use radar over GPS systems because transmitting high volumes of data from the latter is more expensive.
The Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been missing since March 8 despite an intensive search involving multiple nations. It was carrying 227 passengers from 14 nations and 12 Malaysian crew members.