Alexander takes strong stand on airplane cell-phone usage

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U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that he will introduce legislation, if necessary, to stop the Federal Communications Commission from allowing cell phone conversations on airplanes.
 
“Imagine two million passengers, hurtling through space, trapped in 17-inch-wide seats, yapping their innermost thoughts,” the senator said. “The Transportation Security Administration would have to hire three times as many air marshals to deal with the fistfights.”  
 
Alexander continued. “Stop and think about what we hear now in airport lobbies from those who wander around shouting personal details into a microphone: babbling about last night’s love life, bathroom plans, next week’s schedule, orders to an assistant, arguments with spouses. Imagine this noise while you travel, restrained by your seatbelt, unable to escape.”
 
The senator said. “The FCC commissioners will earn the gratitude of the two million Americans who fly each day by deciding: text messages, yes; conversations, no.”