Earlier this week, GBTA commentaires déposés with the Department of Transportation (DOT) asking for a ban on cell phone voice calls during flights. Aside from the safety and security implications, you must consider the practical concerns if this were allowed. I can just imagine sitting in a middle seat while a loud talker to my left shared all her business dealings and the man on my right argued with a family member.
Our comments were a reflection of the overwhelmingly negative feedback from our GBTA membership. The consensus was 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.
The DOT should not add to plight of the business traveler. After all, silence is golden.