Two senators want to ban in-flight calls, believe calls will raise tensions between passengers

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Two US senators want to ban in-flight calls because they believe that they will raise tensions between passengers and possibly be the cause of physical altercations.

“We are concerned that the addition of this entirely avoidable aggravation of a confined space will create a possibly hostile atmosphere on commercial flights,” wrote Senators Lamar Alexander and Diane Feinstein to Anthony Fox, the Transportation Secretary.

The two senators are echoing the fact that apparently 54 percent of Americans support the idea of airlines banning in-flight calls privately. “We strongly support the agency’s efforts to preserve the last vestige of quiet in our busy skies,” the senators  said after introducing the Commercial Flight Courtesy Act.

Airlines like Delta and JetBlue are already saying that they will continue to uphold the ban on in-flight calling, which makes sense as it could definitely get annoying, and as long as you can text or send emails or there’s an emergency situation, a ban shouldn’t be a problem.

[via Tech Crunch]

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  1. Susann

    I wonder how many of those 46% of Americans who don’t support the ban ever get on a plane? I witnessed a (fairly mild–we’re Canadian) confrontation between 2 people in London Drugs on Monday when a much older woman told a much younger woman who was chattering to a friend at high volume to put her phone away or go outside, because no one was interested in listening to her. [Retired teacher or librarian, I’d guess, from the air of firm authority about her). The younger woman snapped her mouth shut, shoved her phone into her pocket & fled. About 6 of us cheered (quietly).

  2. Bub

    “as long as you can text or send emails or there’s an emergency situation”: I for one would not consider an emergency situation to be a suitable replacement for the ability to make in-flight calls, and I suspect that most others would agree with me. Do you mean an exception for emergency situations?