DOT Proposes Trigger Warnings for Inflight Cell Phone Use
The Department of Transportation announced a proposed rule today to require airlines to disclose to consumers in advance if their flight will permit passengers to make voice calls using wireless devices.
This is a strange regulation to open comment on for a number of reasons. Not least of which because there's no inflight cell phone calling allowed in the US today.
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The term “trigger warning” just tends to be “red meat” for certain people and gets in the way of rational conversation. Somehow, an actual description of the proposed rulemaking as a “disclosure” results in far fewer panties in a bunch.
And yes, the DOT, like all federal agencies, make rules. It’s why you don’t have people blowing smoke in your face mid-flight, as you sip water that’s safe to drink and eat food without rat feces.