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Joyce urges FCC to ban cell phone calls during flights

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: December 11, 2013

What do you think about airline passengers talking on cell phones mid-flight? 

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce thinks it's a bad idea and recently signed a letter urging the Federation Communication Commission (FCC) to prohibit cell phone conversations on planes above 10,000 feet.

"Airline passengers holding cell phone conversations may not only cause an unpleasant travel environment, but could potentially cause safety risks, as someone on a cell phone is more likely to miss important crew member instructions," Joyce said in a news release. "I'm all for the use of emails, text messages or Internet browsing, but the public's traveling environment and safety will improve with the ban of phone conversations."

The FCC Thursday will consider a proposed revised rules on mobile wireless services on airplanes.

Joyce is cosponsor of a bill that would prohibit in-flight cell phone calls. Several polls, including a 2012 Apex/CEA poll, have shown more than 60 percent of Americans are opposed to cell phone conversations on planes, according to Joyce's office.

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