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Cell phone ban should be addressed by airlines, not feds

Alexander introduced the "Commercial Flight Courtesy Act," a bill that would prohibit cell phone conversations. Alexander announced the legislation today ahead of the Federal Communications Commission's 3-2 vote yesterday, advancing a proposed rule that would allow passengers to do just that.

Ever since the beginning of the Device Era, we've been forced to turn off our phones and tablets on airplanes. If you asked most people why this was necessary, they'd tell you smartly that the signal from your phone or device could interfere with the plane's instrument. They were wrong, said the FAA and now the FCC.

We asked Carr's campaign where the challenger stood on the issue. They sent over this statement from Carr: "I, like most everyone I know, do not want to sit on a flight next to someone talking on cell phone. But before we pass new regulations, I think we should wait and see if the airlines can solve this issue on their own. If they can't solve the problem, the government can step in."

Source: Nashville Scene, "Cell Phones" on 2014 Tennessee Senate race , Dec 13, 2013

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