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Republicans Want To Keep Airplane Phone Ban In Place Because Of The Noise

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In a statement in late November, Alexander said he would introduce legislation to prevent what he envisions as a more turbulent future for air travel.

“Imagine two million passengers, hurtling through space, trapped in 17-inch-wide seats, yapping their innermost thoughts,” Alexander said. “The Transportation Security Administration would have to hire three times as many air marshals to deal with the fistfights.”

According to The Hill, the Federal Communications Commission announced last month that it would look into ending the ban. The Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year said passengers would be allowed to send email and texts from their phones during flight.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, a flight attendants union, told the Hill it supports Shuster's proposal.

“Flight Attendants, as first responders and the last line of defense in our nation’s aviation system, understand the importance of maintaining a calm cabin environment,” the union statement to the Hill said. “Any situation that is loud, divisive, and possibly disruptive is not only unwelcome but also unsafe.”