Hang Up Act challenges in-flight mobile use

A representative from Oregon introduced a bill to the House of Representatives yesterday that aims to clarify federal law regarding the use of mobile phones on airplanes: the Hang Up Act of 2008.

"I think many Americans understand the potential for problems on aircraft if 100 or more people start talking on cell phones," DeFazio said at a news conference to announce the bill. "People are in very, very close quarters, and this is a circumstance where you would have a cacophony of people on cell phones that would amount to a great potential for trouble."

For more on the bill:
- read this article from The Oregonian