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Senator vows to block 'yapping' cellphone conversations on airplanes

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Predicting that 2 million passengers will be “yapping their innermost thoughts” on jets if the Federal Communications Commission OK’s cellphone use on aircrafts, a key senator has vowed to introduce legislation to kill the plan if necessary.

“Imagine two million passengers, hurtling through space, trapped in 17-inch-wide seats, yapping their innermost thoughts,” warned Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. “The Transportation Security Administration would have to hire three times as many air marshals to deal with the fistfights.”

Polls have shown that the public is also against the freedom to yap on their phones, worried mostly that the person next to them will be annoying.

“Stop and think about what we hear now in airport lobbies from those who wander around shouting personal details into a microphone: babbling about last night’s love life, bathroom plans, next week’s schedule, orders to an assistant, arguments with spouses. Imagine this noise while you travel, restrained by your seatbelt, unable to escape," said Alexander.

He added: “The FCC commissioners will earn the gratitude of the two million Americans who fly each day by deciding: text messages, yes; conversations, no.”

The FCC said it will consider changing the current no-talk rules at the upcoming Dec. 12 meeting.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.