In-flight calls? No thanks

Some members of Congress don’t want to listen to airline passengers talking on their cell phones, and have advanced a bill in the House to ban such calls.

The bill requires the Department of Transportation to create rules prohibiting in-flight phone calls. The bill does not change the previous decision by the Federal Aviation Administration to allow passengers to text, email, use the Internet and download data using smart phones and other electronic devices, even during takeoffs and landings.

But lawmakers apparently agree that in-flight calls would be a bad idea, with the potential to cause disruptions among passengers and flight crews. We agree. Who wants to sit next to someone yakking on a cell phone during a flight from Minneapolis to Orlando? Or on a flight to Hawaii? If you have virtually unlimited texting and available data downloads while aboard airliners, you shouldn’t need to be on the phone.

Flying is already full of potential headaches with flight delays, lost luggage and long layovers. The last thing passengers need is another reason to be annoyed during the entire experience. A recent poll found that 59 percent of Americans were against allowing phone calls aboard planes, a number that jumped to 78 percent among those who have taken four flights or more in the past year.

Count us among those opposed to the idea.