Shut Up With All The Plane Silence Talk, CEI Says

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has filed comments on DOT’s proposal to ban in-flight cell phone calls, going against what most groups have said by opposing a ban.

CEI fellow Marc Scribner writes that people should “note the inherent absurdity of prohibiting voice calls from *mobile* devices while we have allowed seatback AirFone-style voice calls for decades with little complaint.”

The CEI comments came in around the same time that the Global Business Travel Association and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO registered their support of the DOT rule. “Once again, populist outrage is being used to mask an argument’s intellectual defects,” Scriber wrote.