Alexander Proposal to Ban Cell Phone Calls on Commercial Airplanes to Become Law

Posted on October 3, 2018

“Imagine nearly two million passengers, hurtling through space yapping their innermost thoughts while you travel restrained by your seatbelt and unable to escape.”

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said his proposal to ban cell phone calls on commercial airplanes is headed to the president.

“When signed into law, this proposal will direct the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations to prohibit cell phone calls during commercial flights. Keeping phone conversations off commercial flights may not be enshrined in the Constitution, but surely it is enshrined in common sense. Stop and think about what we hear now in airport lobbies from those who wander around shouting personal details into their phones: babbling about next week’s schedule, orders to an assistant, or arguments with spouses. Now imagine nearly two million passengers, hurtling through space yapping their innermost thoughts while you travel restrained by your seatbelt and unable to escape.”

This proposal is included in the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] Reauthorization bill, which will take several other important steps to improve air travel for passengers – including directing the FAA to set minimum width and length requirements for airline seats, providing grants to airports for planning and development, removing restrictions to allow airports to more effectively finance projects, and reauthorizing several programs that are important to airports in Tennessee.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the FAA reauthorization on September 26. Today, the Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 93 to 6, and the legislation will now be sent to the president to be signed into law.

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