Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Cohen: Passenger Experience Would Be "Changed for the Worse" If FAA Allows Cell Phone Calls In Flight

November 22, 2013
Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – With the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reportedly considering a rule proposal that could allow for voice calls from cell phones during domestic air travel, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today drafted a letter to Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), strongly urging the FAA to maintain the ban on cell phone calls in flight. The letter also expresses concerns about disruptions to passengers’ flight experience as well as for consumer safety.

“I share the concerns of the flying public and many aviation industry professionals that the flying experience would be not only markedly less pleasant, but less safe as well, if the ban on cell phone calls during flight were lifted” said Congressman Cohen. “Allowing these calls would disrupt the right of consumers to enjoy the quiet comfort of their flight and potentially puts their safety at risk as well. Simply put, the flying experience in the United States would be forever changed for the worse if voice calls are allowed on flights. I hope the FAA considers these important safety and comfort concerns and makes the right decision.”

Yesterday, the Association of Flight Attendants released a statement explaining: “Any situation that is loud, divisive, and possibly disruptive is not only unwelcome but also unsafe.”

Congressman Cohen’s letter is currently being circulated among his colleagues in the House of Representatives and will then be sent to Administrator Huerta.