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TTD Steps Up Fight to Ban Voice Calls on Commercial Flights

TTD and our affiliates strongly oppose efforts to overturn the decades-old policy that prohibits passengers from using mobile wireless devices to make voice calls while in-flight. As thoroughly explained in our filings to proceedings promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Transportation (DOT), we believe the introduction of in-flight voice calls pose unnecessary safety issues and security risks to passengers and flight crews, including flight attendants and pilots.[2] Overturning this longstanding policy also creates another unnecessary distraction in an inherently disruptive cabin environment that could create adversarial interactions between passengers.

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Uphold the Voice Call Ban on Commercial Flights

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement today regarding a letter sent by 77 members of Congress to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tom Wheeler: “Today, 77 members of […]

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Support the McKinley-Lipinski Letter Opposing In-Flight Voice Communications and Urging Collaboration on Safety and Security

On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to sign a bipartisan letter led by Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) to federal regulators supporting the current ban on voice calls onboard commercial aircraft. In addition, this letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) urges these agencies to work collaboratively to address safety and security concerns raised by the introduction of expanded wireless capabilities before they are permitted in-flight.

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TTD Urges U.S. DOT to Ban Voice Calls on Planes

WASHINGTON, DC—The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) today responded to a request for comments from the Department of Transportation (DOT), and urged DOT to ban voice calls on all flights within, to or from the U.S. TTD argued that allowing passengers to make in-flight phone calls would be inherently disruptive to the cabin environment and […]

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TTD Urges DOT to Ban In-Flight Voice Calls

Ms. Laura E. Jennings Senior Trial Attorney U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave SE Washington, DC 20590 RE: Use of Mobile Wireless Devices for Voice Calls on Aircraft Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Docket No. DOT-OST-2014-0002 RIN 2105-AE30 Office of the Secretary, DOT Dear Ms. Jennings: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, […]

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Politico—Anthony Foxx: DOT Will Consider Banning Cell Phone Calls on Planes

[As published by Kevin Robillard in Politico] The FCC took a step Thursday toward allowing cellphone calls in the air — but not before the Transportation Department announced it will consider using its own authority to ban them. The move sets up a future sought by many members of Congress and the traveling public: Airline […]

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