I first complained about this on twitter in response to stories that Congress wanted to ban in-flight calls on airplanes for reasons of comfort.
“Simply put, the flying experience in the United States would be forever changed for the worse if voice calls are allowed on flights,” added Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
Whatever you might think about that*, it does seem odd that their is a panic about banning phone calls by passengers on airplanes, but no urgency for banning phone calls by drivers of cars. Someone pointed out that traffic laws are not in the federal perview the same way that transcontinental flights are. Fair enough - though congress did use a pretty big stick to get states to raise their drinking age and they could do the same here. But now we have local officials weighing in on this.
[Vincent] Orange found time to introduce a resolution that would discourage using cell phones in planes while in the air. It is very appropriately titled "Sense Of The Council Discouraging In-flight Cell Phone Calls Resolution Of 2013."
So, banning in-flight phone calls for reasons of comfort is important, but banning phone calls by drivers is not. Because we all know what is really important.
*Personally, I think this is stupid. You're allowed to use your cell phone on the train, but we don't end up with a train full of people talking on their cellphones such that riding the train is hellish. And I've never sat next to someone carrying on a five hour phone coversation on their phone. So the fear is totally unfounded.
And you could just as easily end up sitting next to two people "jabbering" for a long flight. Are we going to ban non-cell phone coversations too? I was once seated on a plane behind Kirsten Dunst and her "entourage" and had to listen to them drone on about Halloween party planning and which shoes are best to wear while shopping, but I never thought "This is disturbing my flight and it should be illegal!" People should be courteous and we really don't need a law to enforce that. If so, can we start with when it is and is not appropriate to lean your seat all the way back?
What about someone who is not jabbering for 5 hours, but is making an important 5 minute phone call for work or to a spouse or their kids. Isn't that a more likely type of phone conversation on a plane and thus the kind that we'll actually be banning?
But this part has nothing to do with biking.