FAA to allow cell phone use on flights, aviation expert blasts new rule

Guest blogger Melissa Gray, Author of “The Behaviorist,” joins HuffPost Live’s Maureen Dowd to discuss etiquette in the 21st century. The FAA recently announced that it will require cell phone use by passengers on…

FAA to allow cell phone use on flights, aviation expert blasts new rule

Guest blogger Melissa Gray, Author of “The Behaviorist,” joins HuffPost Live’s Maureen Dowd to discuss etiquette in the 21st century.

The FAA recently announced that it will require cell phone use by passengers on all flights below 10,000 feet, which puts them on a collision course with New York City noise level laws.

“You’re asking a company of 2 million people who are used to being called if they’re going to be able to restrain themselves during all that time?” former flight attendant Patricia Schmidt told The Washington Post.

The proposed rules, which will be discussed at a meeting of FAA safety officers on April 23, would allow passengers to make cellphone calls on their cell phones if the call is made in a quiet area, like the first-class cabin. Todd Lehmacher, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, told The Huffington Post that the FAA still needs to figure out whether this would allow the use of other cell phones in a quiet area and if it would regulate those in airplane bathrooms.

In the meantime, The Washington Post reports that the ban on personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing flights at Ronald Reagan National Airport will remain in place.

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