Airline passengers in the U.S. may face long security lines, checked luggage fees and the loss of complimentary on-board beverages, but they won’t have to listen to people talking on cell phones during their trip. Members of Congress’ House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill to permanently ban in-flight cell phone use.
House members for the ban cited concerns about safety, passenger comfort and national security. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., spoke against the ban, arguing the futility of trying legislate courtesy.
In Europe, however, a ban on in-flight mobile phone service has been lifted. European carriers such as Air France and Ryan Air have been offering OnAir mobile phone service on selected flights for more than a year.