We all know the pre-flight drill: Place your tray table in the upright and locked position. Make sure your seat belt is fastened. All electronic devices must be turned off.
(For me they add, “for the last time sir, put away the bottle of Maker’s Mark.” Between swigs, I reply, “can’t you see I’m trying to put it away?!”)
At last, the FCC is considering getting rid of the cellphone ban since there is no evidence that their use causes any safety issues. Seeing the nanny state rolled back even a little is a welcome sight, albeit a shocking one.
Unfortunately, the party that is supposed to stand for liberty and personal responsibility is standing in the way:
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) became the second lawmaker after Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to offer legislation to keep the ban in place.
I agree, Rep. Shuster; it is common sense. That is why there's no need to add another law to the books. Sen. Alexander echoes the case for bigger government:
“Imagine two million passengers, hurtling through space, trapped in 17-inch-wide seats, yapping their innermost thoughts,” Alexander said last week in a statement. “The Transportation Security Administration would have to hire three times as many air marshals to deal with the fistfights.”
Senator, you have made an argument for banning cell phones in all public places; is that the next legislation?
Personally, I like being incommunicado for a few hours in flight. Allows me to read, nap or spend some quality time with my Maker’s Mark. But if someone wants to send texts, emails or even a quick phone call, that should be their option.
The vast majority will be polite. The few who aren’t will be asked to pipe down just like the too-chatty aisle neighbor. What do you think: Is there really a need for Washington to butt in?