A bill in Congress would bar in-flight cellphone use, declaring it a danger and a nuisance. But critics point to Europe, where some airlines allow phones, and argue that what works over there will work over here. Should in-air cellphone use be prohibited aboard American carriers?
Edited by Steve St. Angelo
With airline customer satisfaction at an all-time low, this is not the moment to consider making
By Peter DeFazio
Congressman from Oregon; member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
airplane travel even more torturous by allowing in-flight cellphone conversations. After arriving hours early at the airport and often after waiting for a delayed, or even canceled, flight, what could make air travel worse?
How about being stuck next to a person droning on about his latest breakup or medical procedure for the length of your flight? Sadly, this scenario is already a reality...
On a recent flight, most likely there was a moment when you wished that you could
By Carl Biersack
Executive director of the Inflight Passenger Communications Coalition
immediately reach a person on the ground or that they could reach you. If you fly on one of the 20 equipped carriers around the world, this is no longer a problem. Many Americans flying on these thousands of overseas flights are surprised and pleased at how the service is treated as routine by passengers and cabin crews.
As the United States stands still, the rest of the world is rapidly gaining...
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