U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow reacts to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's approval of a bill to ban in-flight cell phone use (H.R. 3676):
"I always say we should think carefully whenever Congress' impulse is to say, 'No, you can't,' but both personally and professionally this move to ban in-flight mobile calls feels to me like the right thing to do. In polls, social media and everywhere else, travelers have consistently expressed their opposition to open phone conversations on planes. The flight experience needs all the serenity it can get.
"I don't fault the FCC for finding that these calls could be permissible, but I'm thankful that Chairman Shuster and his committee have stepped in to ponder the question of whether allowing them would actually benefit the travel experience. In an age of so much contention in Congress, I'm hoping this measure moves quickly and serves as a reminder that our lawmakers can still move decisively to improve our quality of life in this small but meaningful way. This is one instance where it has been a pleasure to watch the legislative process at work."
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