Proposed bill bans in-flight cell phone calls

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has proposed a bill, called the Hang Up Act, that would prohibit passengers from making cell phone calls during flights. The Hang Up Act, which was drafted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will now move to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

The Hang Up act would make the current Federal Aviation Administration ban on cell phone calls during flight permanent. Passengers would still be able to access in-flight WiFi and send text messages.  Rep. Peter DeFazio (D- OR), said that he proposed the bill because polls show that the public does not want to be subjected to people talking on their cell phones on increasingly overpacked airplanes.

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