House Bill Would Ban The Use Of Cell Phones On Planes

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A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ban the use of mobile voice calls while flying in planes.

The new bill co-sponsored by democrat House Representative Pete DeFazio of Oregon, is called the "Hang Up Act" and would still allow text messaging and Web browsing to be used.

Currently the FCC does not permit in-flight voice calls and has put the issue on hold since March 2007.

Pete DeFazio of Oregon
Pete DeFazio of Oregon
(Photo Credit: Defazio.House.gov)

"The public doesn’t want to be subjected to people talking on their cell phones on an already over-packed airplane," DeFazio said. "However, with Internet access just around the corner on U.S. flights, it won’t be long before the ban on voice communications on in-flight planes is lifted.

"Our bill, the HANG UP Act, would ensure that financially strapped airlines don’t drive us towards this noisome disruption in search of further revenue."

According to a survey by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and the National Consumers League, 63 percent of respondents said they were against the use of in-flight voice calls. Only 21 percent were in favor of allowing in flight voice calls.

DeFazio also believe that allowing in-flight voice calls would be a safety issues because passengers would not pay attention to announcements and the calls could lead to fights between passengers.

The European Union recently announced it will allow passengers to talk on their cell phones while a plane is in-flight on all commercial airlines.


House Bill Would Ban The Use Of Cell Phones On Planes
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  • Guest

    I’d rather have the Federal government get involved in policing the quality of those conversations when I have to listen to BOTH ends of the convesation. There is nothing more annoying than listening to a couple of blow hards talk about how they are going to create a monopoly for computer operating systems. blah, blah, blah, evil laughter, blah government, blah, blah, blah, back pocket… geez – what a stupid and intrusive proposal.

  • http://www.arwentaylor.com Arwen Taylor

    It’s bad enough having to deal with this on the ground. I’m not going to pay $300-1000 to have to deal with it in the air.

  • Gerard

    Curious how long before some other moron will bring up the constitutional right to counter this nonsense.  Next there will be a night clock that silences every phone at a certain time of night.  One step closer to communism it seems like…geez indeed!

  • Rob

    Instead of legislating, why not let the airlines decide.  Let each compete to see who has the best cell phone free flights.  It’s obvious that the airline industry wants customers, so if there is a public outcry they will conform.  Even if some of them don’t, they should have the right to pursue the niche market of their choice.  If a person doesn’t like listening to the guy next to them, they can complain or fly another airline.

    Not everything needs to be legislated.  The private sector can handle most problems without it, but most importantly people should be free even if it means they are free to be rude.  Less government intervention into most aspects of life will make the USA a better place.

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