T&I Committee moves Bill to ban Voice Communications on Aircraft; DoT Regulations to be promulgated; Debate about who will Enforce

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ARTICLE: Cellphones on planes? Tap, don’t talk

cellphoneChairman Shuster held a mark up on February 11, 2014 to consider H.R. 3676, Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on Mobile Wireless Devices Act of 2013. The language would prohibit passengers form making voice communications on board an aircraft in flight. It was noted earlier that Congress should make such a policy decision. It appears that Secretary Foxx is continuing to consider DOT action.

The House movement should obviate a need for executive initiative. If HR 3676 is enacted, regulations must be promulgated how to enforce this rule. Presumably flight attendants will be given the responsibility to stop cellphone calls, an action which is not based on safety. An interesting debate is sure to ensue.

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