CWA News Conference Set for April 7, 10:30 AM: Cell Phone Use in Flight

* Americans Overwhelmingly Opposed to Cell Phone Usage on Airplanes, New Poll Says

* Airlines and Business Push to End In-Flight Phone Ban, Public Comment Period Ends April 11

* Passenger Safety a Real Concern for Flight Crews, Safety vs. Profits, Who Wins?

News Conference, Thursday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. CWA Headquarters, 501 3rd St. N.W., 1st floor Spokespeople Available for Talk Shows and News Interviews Telephone Hook-up Available for Out of Town Reporters, Contact Candice Johnson

WASHINGTON, April 4 /PRNewswire/ — Americans stand overwhelmingly against an airplane cabin full of passengers yakking on their cell phones, according to a new poll to be released by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and the National Consumer League on Thursday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. at the CWA Headquarters, 501 3rd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 1st floor.

Despite an overwhelming majority of negative comments from flight crew professionals and passengers, there is a strong push from some airline and business interests to end the current ban on in-flight phone use and the FCC, whose public comment period on the subject ends April 11, may agree to do so.

AFA-CWA President Pat Friend and Susan Grant, National Consumer League, will release the findings of a scientific public survey — commissioned by the two organizations — that finds overwhelming support for keeping the ban in place — and reveals strong fears about the effect of cell phones on airplane safety.

Working flight attendants will discuss already increasing air rage incidents and how in-flight cell phone use will make a bad situation far worse. They also will recount incidents when passengers have ignored the current ban, prompting concerns from pilots about interference with airplane systems.

AFA-CWA is the largest union for flight attendants, representing 46,000 flight attendants worldwide.

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