Cell phone calls banned in commercial flights


Washington, D.C., February 11th, 2014.- The  House of Representatives passed a bill to ban cell phone calls during commercial flights.


Approved without opposition from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the bill now requires the Department of Transportation to issue regulations that prohibit this type of calls, a ban that the department was reportedly already considering.


Republican and Democratic representatives argue that in-flight calls would be noisy and disturbing to other passengers, as well as possibly disruptive.


Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration took the decision to allow passengers to send emails, text, navigate the Internet and download information through mobile devices during takeoffs and landings. But the new bill won’t have and impact on said resolution.


An Associated Press-GfK poll from December found that most American who fly are against allowing in-flight calls, with 59 percent among those who have traveled by plane more than once in the past year, and 78 percent among those who have taken four or more flights.


On this same month, the representative’s commission voted 3-2 that initiated a public comment process to end the restriction.   For 22 years, calls during flights have been prohibited over fears that they would interfere with networks on the ground, but current technology has already resolved those concerns


Even though he FAA issued a rule prohibiting airline pilots from using cell phones and other personal electronic device for personal use during flight and aircraft operations, airlines give pilots iPads called electronic flight bags that contain charts and other navigation information.


Mexican Business Web, via The Wall Street Journal.


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