Text: H.R.3676 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)

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[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
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[H.R. 3676 Introduced in House (IH)]

113th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 3676

 To establish a prohibition on certain cell phone voice communications 
           during passenger flights, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            December 9, 2013

 Mr. Shuster introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
             Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

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                                 A BILL


 
 To establish a prohibition on certain cell phone voice communications 
           during passenger flights, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Prohibiting In-Flight Voice 
Communications on Mobile Wireless Devices Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN CELL PHONE VOICE COMMUNICATIONS.

    (a) In General.--Subchapter I of chapter 417 of title 49, United 
States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 41725. Prohibition on certain cell phone voice communications
    ``(a) Prohibition.--The Secretary of Transportation shall issue 
regulations--
            ``(1) to prohibit an individual on an aircraft from 
        engaging in voice communications using a mobile communications 
        device during a flight of that aircraft in scheduled passenger 
        interstate or intrastate air transportation; and
            ``(2) that exempt from the prohibition described in 
        paragraph (1) any--
                    ``(A) member of the flight crew on duty on an 
                aircraft;
                    ``(B) flight attendant on duty on an aircraft; and
                    ``(C) Federal law enforcement officer acting in an 
                official capacity.
    ``(b) Definitions.--In this section, the following definitions 
apply:
            ``(1) Flight.--The term `flight' means, with respect to an 
        aircraft, the period beginning when the aircraft takes off and 
        ending when the aircraft lands.
            ``(2) Mobile communications device.--
                    ``(A) In general.--The term `mobile communications 
                device' means any portable wireless telecommunications 
                equipment utilized for the transmission or reception of 
                voice data.
                    ``(B) Limitation.--The term `mobile communications 
                device' does not include a phone installed on an 
                aircraft.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The analysis for chapter 417 of title 49, 
United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to 
section 41724 the following:

``41725. Prohibition on certain cell phone voice communications.''.
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