AFA-CWA Applauds Anticipated FCC Decision To Keep Cell Phones Off Aircraft
March 22, 2007
Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today applauded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin's recommendation to drop a tentative plan that would permit in-flight cell phone use onboard commercial aircraft.
"As first responders in the aircraft cabin, we are pleased that the FCC is moving to halt the progression of this very dangerous plan," said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. "The use of cell phones in the cabin, by persons other than crew members and authorized law enforcement officers, poses unacceptable risks to the security and safety of America's civil aviation system."
Since all cockpit doors during flight are now locked, flight attendants are solely responsible for the safety of the passengers. Allowing cell phone use in flight would only make it easier for terrorists to communicate with each other to coordinate a successful attack. Cell phone usage could also lead to disruptive behavior by provoking air rage incidents or interfering with emergency procedures such as evacuation.
Over the past two years, AFA-CWA has been educating and mobilizing its members on this issue and, as a result, thousands of flight attendants have submitted comments to the FCC docket with the resounding message that onboard cell phone usage must remain banned.
"Keeping cell phones out of the cabin is an issue that not just concerns flight attendants. Repeatedly, studies have shown that a large majority of the American public agrees that cell phones have no place inside the cabin and it appears that this message is finally being heeded by the FCC," said Friend.
For over 60 years, the Association of Flight Attendants has been serving as the voice for flight attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill. More than 55,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines come together to form AFA-CWA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org.