U.S. Travel Association CEO Urges Passage of In-Flight Cell Ban

smartphoneThe debate over in-flight cell phone use continues. The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's approval of a bill to ban in-flight cell phone use (H.R. 3676) won the approval of U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow who said "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," Dow said.

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"I don't fault the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for finding that these calls could be permissible, but I'm thankful that House Chairman Shuster (R-PA) and his committee have stepped in to ponder the question of whether allowing them would actually benefit the travel experience," Dow said.

"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," Dow said.

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