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Alexander Speaks Out Against In-Flight Cell Calls

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U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander has introduced a bill to ban cell phone calls on commercial flights and sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday, urging in-flight cell phone conversations stay prohibited, calling commercial flights the last vestige of quiet in our busy skies

Im glad the Department of Transportation is thinking about putting the brakes on a bad idea before it takes flight, he said in the letter. Stop and think about what we hear in airport lobbies babbling about last nights love life, next weeks schedule, arguments with spouses and then imagine hearing the same thing while youre trapped in 17-inch-wide seats thousands of feet above the ground.

Alexander continued by implying allowing in-flight cell phone calls would cost money.

With two million passengers hurtling through the air each day, the Transportation Security Administration would have to hire three times as many air marshals to deal with fistfights, he said.

The letter was sent along with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), according to a press release that included a copy of the letter.

The Department of Transportation is currently considering allowing cell phone calls on commercial flights. The department said that it has received thousands of comments from the public, much of it negative.

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