Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bill this week to ban passengers from using their cell phones for voice calls on commercial flights. Texting would be allowed under the Commercial Flight Courtesy Act, should it pass.
“Passengers chatting on their mobile
devices in the small confines of an airplane could make flying even less
comfortable,” said Sen. Markey in the announcement.
“Passengers should not have to suffer through the conversations of
others, and flight crews should not be disrupted while performing their
important safety and security duties.”
“Stop and think about what we hear
now in airport lobbies from those who wander around shouting personal
details into their phones: babbling about next week’s schedule, orders
to an assistant, or arguments with spouses,” said Sen. Alexander. “Now
imagine nearly two million passengers, hurtling through space yapping
their innermost thoughts while you travel restrained by your seatbelt
and unable to escape. Keeping phone conversations off commercial flights
may not be enshrined in the Constitution, but surely it is enshrined in
common sense.” Continue Reading