No matter if the FAA or the FCC say it’s safe to make phone calls on planes, you might not get to do so after all if a newly-introduced bill passes in the House of Representatives.
The bill was introduced this week by Representative Bill Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and might completely prohibit making cell phone calls during a flight. The proposed bill comes only a couple of weeks after reports that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering lifting the long-standing ban on phone calls and broadband signals during a flight.
It’s not just the House that is concerned about the possibility of introducing phone conversations in the already cramped and uncomfortable quarters of a plane cabin. The possibility of allowing phone calls during flights has raised vocal complaints from many people around the US, and Rep. Shuster was totally in agreement when he spoke out against the possibility.
“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, for those few hours in the air with 150 other people, it’s common sense that we all keep out personal lives to ourselves and stay off the phone.”