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War on obnoxious airline passengers

 
War on obnoxious airline passengers
Posted February 13th, 2014 @ 9:58am

Congress is considering a law that would ban cellphone conversations by passengers during commercial flights.

The House Transportation Committee plans to take up a bill that would ban conversations while the plane is in the air.

Some lawmakers -- and passengers -- want to ban cell calls before they start. Recent advancements in technology and looser rules from the Federal Communication Commission could make calls from 35,000 feet in the air possible.

The Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on Mobile Wireless Devices Act of 2013 is being pushed by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and has 29 bipartisan co-sponsors.

"This is about people not being obnoxious and annoying in the air space," Shuster said. "At the end of the day, this is all about social discourse."

Some oppose the law and think that passengers and airlines will be able to self-police without government interference.

"Let us have our inflight cellphone calls," Digital Trends editor Andrew Couts wrote. "The people who abuse the privilege will have an earful from their fellow passengers soon enough, trust us."

The law would not ban the use of cellphones to browse the Internet or send text messages.

Read more: Yahoo!

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