Rockefeller weighs in against in-flight cell calls


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Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) (AP)

Add another voice to the congressional chorus calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to derail a Federal Communications Commission move to allow cellphone conversations on airplanes in flight.

It’s a loud voice: Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate’s transportation committee.

In a letter to to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler,  Rockefeller said allowing calls while in the air would compromise the overall safety of a flight.

“Not surprisingly, there has been significant public opposition to allowing in-flight mobile phone calls. As Chairman of the Committee with jurisdiction over both of your agencies, let me add my voice to that growing chorus,” Rockefeller wrote. “During the DOT’s and FCC’s consideration of this matter, I encourage you to carefully consider the possibility of banning in-flight mobile calls and to fully examine all safety issues that the use of cellular voice services on aircraft may create. The ability to make a call on one’s cellphone is not worth compromising the safety of a flight.”

Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.
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