GBTA Files Comments with DOT Asking for Ban on Cell Phone Voice Calls During Flights
GBTA Says: Silence is Golden
On Wednesday, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – filed comments on the Department of Transportation's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) Use of Mobile Wireless Devices for Voice Calls on Aircraft.
travel industry, the comments state the use of mobile wireless devices for voice is detrimental to business travelers and should be banned between the time the aircraft door is closed and the aircraft lands.
"DOT's rulemaking should be guided by the late Pete Seeger, the champion of folk music and socialchange," said GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick. "In short, there is a time to speak out and a time to keep silent. Under its authority to ban unfair practices, DOT should choose the latter approach and ban mobile wireless voice calls during flight on aircraft."
"Additionally, in such a confined space, there is no reasonable way to provide quiet areas on aircraftsto reduce the harm of loud cellphone conversations. Unlike Amtrak's 'quiet cars,' GBTA does not believe it is feasible to create talk-free sections of aircraft. DOT should not add to business traveler's misery. On commercial aircraft in the United States, silence is golden."
About the Global Business Travel Association
The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world"s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. Collectively, GBTA"s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its growing network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts with world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media. The Foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA"s members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see gbta.org and gbta.org/foundation.