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Bill Would Ban In-Flight Cell Phone Use

04/25/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

For many of us, the opportunity to power down the cell phone or disconnect from the Internet during an airplane ride is a welcome respite from being constantly connected, but technologies that will soon allow for Web browsing and cell phone service from 35,000 feet could disrupt those moments of solitude.

Several members of Congress want to ensure that your domestic flights are not interrupted by one-sided cell phone chatter. They introduced a bill on Tuesday that would ban passengers on U.S. flights from talking on their mobile phones, should that technology become available.

Text messaging and surfing the Web would be permissible, according to the bill.

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