From: The Honorable Steve Cohen
Sent By:
Date: 12/9/2013

Tell the FAA: No Calls on Planes!

Current Co-Signers: Capuano, Cohen Cooper, DeFazio, Esty, Farr, Grijalva, McCollum, Petri, Schwartz

Deadline to Sign On: Wednesday, December 11

Dear Colleague:
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon consider a proposal to lift its ban on the use of the voice function on cell phones on domestic flights. This has sparked fierce opposition from the flying public as well as many airline industry professionals, who have expressed deep safety concerns.
I invite you to join me in sending a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration urging that it maintain its ban on cell phone calls in flight regardless of whatever decision the FCC may make.
If you have any questions, or would like to sign the letter, please contact Brittany Hernandez at or 225-3265 by Wednesday, December 11.
As always, I remain,
Most sincerely,
Steve Cohen
Member of Congress

Dear Administrator Huerta,
As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers a proposed rule that would allow the use of the voice function on cell phones on domestic flights, we are writing to strongly urge that you maintain the ban on cell phone calls in flight. We share the concerns of the flying public and the many professionals in the aviation industry that such a change to the current rules disallowing the use of cell phone voice networks could result in not only a markedly less pleasant flying experience, but a less safe one as well.
Allowing passengers to make phone calls while in flight would disrupt the right of other passengers to enjoy the quiet comfort of their flight. In addition, we have strong concerns about the effect such a change may have on safety. As the Association of Flight Attendants explained in a statement on November 21, 2013, “Any situation that is loud, divisive, and possibly disruptive is not only unwelcome but also unsafe.” Simply put, the flying experience in the United States would forever be changed for the worse if voice calls are allowed on flights.
We hope that you will consider our concerns and those of the industry’s experienced professionals as you consider how to proceed in light of whatever decision the FCC may make and appreciate your consideration of this request.