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Will Republicans Ban Cell Phone Calls On Flights?

Republicans are looking to some of their laws into the sky. Republican Bill Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced a bill this week that would ban cell phone calls on all commercial flights. The bill comes on the heels of Federal Communications Commission considering lifting the ban on in-flight cell-phone calls

Last October, the Federal Aviation Committee decided to permit cell phone use during take off and landing, while mandating that cell phones be put in “airplane mode” while in flight. This means that passengers can go online with their phone, as well as send and receive text messages. But while Shuster is in support of this measure, he said that phone calls on flights would create an unpleasant experience for passengers.

“If if passengers are going to be forced to listen to the gossip in the aisle seat, it’s going to make for a very long flight,” he said. “Airplane cabins are by nature noisy, crowded and confined. Passengers are looking for ways to make their flights go by as quickly and quietly as possible.  Pilots and flight attendants are focused on ensuring a safe and comfortable flight for everyone onboard.”

Other Republicans also said they are in full support of the proposed bill. “Imagine two million passengers, hurtling through space, trapped in 17-inch-wide seats, yapping their innermost thoughts,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander. “For those few hours in the air with 150 other people, it’s just common sense that we all keep our personal lives to ourselves and stay off the phone.”

(Photo: Reuters)

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