Cell phones on airplanes? Looking less likely.

When will we be able to make and receive calls on our cell phones on an airplane flying over the United States?

Maybe never.

A while back, several members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced the Halting Airplane Noise to Give Us Peace (HANG UP) Act.

The goal: to make sure cell phone calls would never be allowed on US airplanes.

They might be getting their way. Today the committee approved by voice vote a bill that would permanently uphold the current Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Communication Commission ban on cell phone use during flight.

You can read more about this topic and find links to several of my Well Mannered Traveler columns on the topic here.

(Illustration by MSNBC’s Duane Hoffman)